Special Topics in Safety Management

Human Factors Increasing the Risk of Slips, Trips, and Falls

It’s not only unsafe conditions that cause workplace slips, trips, and falls, says one safety expert, but also human factors, which your safety team as well as frontline supervisors need to take into account.

Human factors can play a major role in workplace slips, trips, and falls, according to Chris Miranda, founder of Mac Safety, Inc. (www.macsafetyconsultants.com).

Health and physical condition, for example, can impair a person’s vision, judgment, and balance.

It’s important to note, says Miranda, that not all employees have the same physical abilities. Safety personnel and supervisors should keep this mind as they analyze the potential for workplace hazards.

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Contributing Factors

Contributing human factors such as the following may affect employees’ susceptibility to slips, trips, and falls:

  • Eyesight, visual perception
  • Age
  • Physical state, fatigue
  • Stress, illness
  • Medications, alcohol, drug
  • Behaviors—actions you choose and control can contribute to a slip, trip, and fall injury if you set yourself up for one
  • Carrying or moving cumbersome objects, or too many objects, that obstruct your view impair your balance and prevent you from holding onto handrails
  • Poor housekeeping (allowing clutter to accumulate, not maintaining clean dry floors, etc.)
  • Using improper cleaning methods (e.g., incorrectly using wax or polish; or trying to clean up grease spill with water)
  • Not using signage when slip or trip hazards exist
  • Inattentive behavior while walking, distractions (e.g., using cell phone, talking and not watching where you’re going, etc.)
  • Taking shortcuts—not using walkways or designated, not ensuring that cleared pathways are available; being in a hurry, rushing around

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