Falls

  • When was the last time you evaluated your slips, trips and falls safety training?

    You talk to your workers about slips, trips and falls in your safety training - after all, it's one of the most avoidable causes of workplace injury.

    But if you're spending all that time giving safety talks, why are slips, trips and falls still the second leading cause of workplace deaths?

    Why are there still 200,000 slips, trips and falls related accidents reported every year?

    When was the last time you evaluated your slips, trips and falls training? Are you sure workers are paying attention during safety talks? Are they engaged? Is your training effective?

    slips-trips-falls-tileSlips, Trips & Falls
    We all slip, trip, and fall - It's what you do afterward that matters. Our booklets, CD-ROMS, DVD programs, and compliance kits will provide you and your employees with all the information you need regarding slips, trips, and falls. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a game available to keep training fun and innovative and a poster to serve as a daily reference.

    OSHA Safety Topics and Training

    Slippery When Wet

    Why Safety is Essential in the workplace

  • Senior Safety: Helping to prevent falling at home

    We talk about workplace Fall Safety often, but what about at home? It’s not a secret, the cost of senior living continues to rise. For this reason, more people are wanting to revamp their homes for aging in place. In some cases, seniors are selling their homes to buy a new home that has either already been modified or will cost less to modify, compared with their current situation.

    One of the biggest issues with seniors staying home as they continue to age, is that of safety within the home. A big problem is the common occurrences of seniors falling. Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. Most of these falls happen at home because home is where we feel the most comfortable and let our guard down.

    Here are a few of the major causes of seniors falling:

    Lower body strength: As we age, our bodies start to lose strength, making simple tasks, such as walking up stairs, more difficult.

    Use of medications: Sedatives and antidepressants can cause dizziness and a loss of balance.

    Loss of vision: If you can’t see what is around you, you’re more likely to fall. It’s important to keep a spare pair of glasses by your bed.

    Home hazards: Smaller tables and furniture, throw rugs and clutter that can be tripped over.

    Now that we know some of the reasons why seniors fall, we ask ourselves how can we help to fix it? Let’s go over ways to help seniors understand when they might fall and how to help keep it from happening.

    Have you fallen before?

    This is an extremely important question to ask that most people don’t think about asking. Documentation always helps people to answer three questions; how, when, and why. Writing it down gives a person something to refer to and hopefully not make the same mistake.

    Continue to be active and get exercise

    While it can be difficult for a senior to go on a long run or even to the gym, there are many other fun activities to help seniors stay active. Playing golf is a great source of exercise and a great game to play at the same time. If the weather doesn’t allow you to golf, an exercise bike is a great source of exercise and doesn’t put much stress on your joints.

    Purchase supportive shoes

    We all have shoes that don’t have much support. As we age and start to lose muscle and our bodies weaken, the importance of wearing supportive shoes becomes even more relevant. Stick with shoes that are comfortable and support your ankles. Think about the last time you wore high top shoes and how it had the same sensation as if your ankle were taped. Had lots of support right?

    Light up your living space

    How many times, not at any given age, have you ran into something in your house because it was too dark, even when you know it’s there? Lighting up your living space always allows you to see what is going on around you and what is out of place.

    It’s a good recommendation to use adjustable lighting. This allows you to have as much as needed for every occasion.

    Remove all home hazards

    Do a massive overhaul of the home and get rid of any hazards that you may find. Here is a great home safety checklist for older consumers.

    Falling will continue to be an issue for seniors, but the more we do to educate ourselves on how to be proactive, the better we will be at helping ourselves and our loved ones to not fall and severely injure themselves.Seniors

  • Slippery When Wet

    Slips, Trips and Falls -

    There's a reason Autumn is known as "Fall". Leaves fall, People Fall. Between falling leaves and branches, clutter , debris and moisture; Fall can be a serious slip, trip, and fall time.

    This is a danger in the workplace for employees and guests, and at home for all - but especially seniors and children.

    Keep walkways clear, dry, and well lit, and think about slip and trip hazards.

    Slips, Trips and Falls - OSHA Safety Training

    slips-trips-falls-tileMost employees don't give much thought to the prospect of slipping, tripping or even falling on the job. Yet these types of accidents account for more workplace injuries annually than any other accident category. Many of these injuries can be disabling... or even fatal.

    Our training products on "Slips, Trips and Falls" show employees the situations that can lead to slips, trips and falls, and what they can do to avoid or prevent these accidents. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Why slips, trips and falls occur.
    • Common causes of accidents.
    • Potential health effects of resulting injuries.
    • Techniques used to avoid injury.
    • The importance of safety shoes.
    • How to fall safely.
    • and more.

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    Slips, Trips and Falls Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

  • Why You Need To Use A Safety Harness With Your Boomlift

    Did you know that safety harnesses are part of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) fall protection programs, which mean that they are a necessity if you are planning on using a boomlift rental? Unfortunately, there are a large number of accidents every year that are associated with falling from one of these lifts, so it is of the utmost importance that your workers are protected at all costs.

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    The most commonly used personal fall protection device is the full-body harness, which is designed to stop the fall of a person. A worker will only be permitted to fall a maximum distance of 6 feet before the harness kicks in, preventing them from hitting the ground or a lower platform. The harness should be anchored to a fixed structure above the worker’s head at all times.

    The safety harness will possess a number of features, including the anchorage (or D-ring), connectors and the body harness. The latter is made up of straps that fit snugly around the worker’s body, whilst the D-ring will be centred on their back between the shoulder blades. The connector or safety lanyard is what joins the harness to the boomlift rental as securely as possible.

    Employer Duty – It is the duty of an employer to carefully inspect the workplace in search for areas that could pose a potential fall hazard. They will then need to select an appropriate fall protection device that their employees are instructed to wear when working in these areas. The employer is also responsible for the proper training in the use of these devices.

    Employee Duty – It is the duty of an employee to make sure that they wear a safety harness when required. If they are not familiar with the correct way to put on and use the harness, they are responsible for alerting their employer to this fact and undertaking the proper training. It is also their duty to inspect the harness prior to each and every use.

    If you have a boomlift rental currently in your workplace or you know that you will be using one soon, it is of the utmost importance that you have prepared for this through the appropriation of safety harnesses. These pieces of equipment are vital in ensuring the safety of your workers when working in high areas, as it will prevent them from falling too far.

    Other considerations:
    CPR & First Aid Training are required for ALL Construction, Electrical, and Telecommunications projects involving wiring.

    Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls...and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in "lost work time".

    See our Fall Protection Safety Training Products! See our Fall Protection Safety Training Products!

    Our training products on "Fall Protection" provide the information employees need to work safely when they are "off the ground", and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection. Topics covered in these products include:

    • The seriousness of fall hazards.
    • Types of environments where falls may occur.
    • The "Fall Protection Plan".
    • Concentrating and keeping a clear head.
    • The importance of housekeeping in preventing falls.
    • Measures that can be taken to protect against falls.
    • Protective equipment.
    • and more.

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    Fall Protection Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

  • Winter Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

    As we get older, it is hard enough to stay upright without all the daunting additions of ice, wet walks, snow, and sleet...

    Profile PicAh, winter. Blizzards, freezing temperatures, visiting the ER because you fell on the ice. For kids, winter is an exciting time. They love playing in the snow and sliding around on the ice. For senior citizens, all that ice and snow means an increased chance of slipping and falling. Here are eight things you can do to make winter a little less perilous:
    Check your footwear. Examine your shoes and boots. How's the traction? Is it time for a new pair? Better traction can help keep you more stable on icy surfaces.

    Keep your shovel and salt in your house. The reason you have a shovel and salt is so you don't have to walk on a slippery sidewalk. If you have to traverse through the snow and ice to get to your garage where the salt and shovel are kept, that defeats the purpose.

    Check the railings. If you have railings leading up to your front door, check to see if they're sturdy. If you slipped, would they be able to support you?

    Bring a cell phone when you leave the house. If you fall, it can sometimes be hard to get up. Carrying a cell phone whenever you go out can bring peace of mind.

    Slow down. Allow extra time if it's slippery out. It's when you hurry that you end up pushing the envelope of what your balance can handle. Also, keep in mind that being a little late is better than rushing and causing a fall.

    Ask for help. If you have to walk across an icy sidewalk or parking lot, try to find a steady arm to lean on. Most people are happy to help an older person navigate a slippery walkway? You just have to ask.

    Have a plan. When you are going out, ask yourself, "If I slipped and fell here, what would I do?"

    Strengthen your legs. Strong leg muscles can help you steady yourself if you slip. And if you do fall, they make it a lot easier to get back up. You should exercise your legs regularly to keep them strong. Try walking up and down your stairs repeatedly or do a set of ten squats out of a chair a couple times per week.

    These little things, when used together, can make the winter elements a little less daunting.

  • Protect Older Adults from Falls and Injury

    Senior-FallWe all want to protect our family members as they age and help them stay safe, secure, and independent.

    Knowing how to protect older adults from falls, a leading cause of injury, is a step toward this goal.In recognition of National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, September 22, 2013, learn how you can help older adults reduce their risk of falling and live better and longer:

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