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RefComm® Safety Topic – September 2016

Slips, Trips and Falls

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Slips and falls are one of the most frequent causes of accidents, both on and off the job. Each year in the United States, more than 300,000 people suffer disabling injuries from falls. Slips and falls can be fatal as well; they rank second only to automobile accidents, causing nearly 12,000 deaths a year.

  1. 90% of slips and falls are avoidable.  Pay attention to what you are doing and be aware of your walking or sitting surfaces.
  2. 10% are due to physical hazards such as uneven surfaces, slippery surfaces, dirt and debris

Use Common Sense both on site and in the office

Report any hazards to your supervisor.

Remember….Gravity Always Wins 

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Becky is the Program/Website Content Coordinator and Registrar for RefComm. She enjoys travel, yoga, and high quality chocolate. (hint - hint)

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