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Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace

All workers are at risk of dangerous slips, trips, and falls.

You do not need to work on ladders or scaffolds to be at risk.

In fact, falls are the second leading cause of disabling work injury for all healthcare 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 (second only to motor vehicle accidents)
  • 10% of all work-related injuries

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:

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