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Hazards to Home Health and Hospice Workers: Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

Falls are the third leading cause of disabling work injury for all workers in the United States.

Slips and trips without falling can cause additional work injuries. These injuries include strains and sprains that happen when a person tries to regain balance after a slip or a trip.

Overall in the United States, slips, trips, and falls cause:

  • 15% of all accidental deaths
  • 10% of all injuries

Home healthcare and hospice workers are at increased risk for falls because the home environment is:

  • Unpredictable
  • Not under the control of the worker
  • Not regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

In 2009, the rate of lost work days due to fall injury was 38.2 per 10,000 home healthcare workers, compared to 20.1 per 10,000 employees for all other industries combined.

Healthcare workers have the highest rate of nonfatal slips, trips, and falls of any industry.

Learning how to prevent slips, trips, and falls will help you to avoid injury.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List risk factors for slips, and how to guard against these risks
  • List situations in which a fall from a height (fall-to-below) could occur, and list methods for preventing falls in these situations
  • List techniques for falling safely