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Shoes that Fit the Job

Slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. Slips can occur when there is not sufficient traction between shoes and the floor, and trips often happen when feet collide with objects. A fall can happen from a height or from the same level. Wearing proper footwear on the job can keep you safe from slip, trip and fall hazards.

Let's go shopping!
When picking out the shoes you wear to work, don't base your choice solely on fashion. Follow these guidelines to find a pair of shoes that will keep you safe and comfortable on the job.
  • Avoid shoes that change the shape of your foot
  • Avoid both completely flat shoes and shoes with heels higher than two inches
  • Choose shoes that have a firm grip on your heel - if the shoe slips off the back of your foot, you will be less stable and your feet can become sore
  • If possible, choose shoes that lace up - they will constrict your foot less than those that do not
  • If you're working on a cement floor, use a shock-absorbing cushioned insole
  • Make sure you choose shoes in which you have room to move your toes - there should be one inch between your longest toe and the toe of the shoe
  • Select shoes with a rubber bottom to prevent slipping
  • Choose closed-toe shoes to protect your toes from dropped objects and to help you maintain control if you collide with an object
It's important to be thoughtful when purchasing footwear for the workplace. The right shoes will keep you safe and comfortable on the job.

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Tips for staying on your feet
Falling is never fun, especially on the job. When floors are wet or cluttered, accidents are bound to happen. However, you can be proactive and reduce your risk of injury by practicing these safety recommendations:
  • Keep floors clean and dry - wet floors are a slip hazard
  • Remove excess clutter from aisles, exits and passageways
  • Avoid running cords down hallways; use ceiling or floor plugs close by instead
  • Wear non-slip footwear to prevent falls on slippery and wet surfaces
  • Use ladders to reach objects up high instead of stacking small boxes or using unsteady stools
  • Ensure your work area is properly lit - if you must enter a dark room, bring a flashlight
  • Walk, don't run - take your time navigating the workplace and its hazards
  • Keep file drawers closed when not in use
Sometimes, it is impossible to avoid moving across surfaces that are slick. If you must walk on a surface that you know is slippery, shorten your stride, slow your pace, walk with your feet pointed slightly outward and make wide turns.

Do your part to reduce hazards
You can prevent injuries by identifying hazards and getting help to fix them. Immediately alert a maintenance staff member to correct potential accident sites such as bunched carpeting, uneven steps or spills.

Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common workplace injuries. A little caution and prevention can go a long way toward keeping you and your co-workers safe.

Portable Ladder Safety
You risk falling if portable ladders are not safely positioned each time they are used. While you are on a ladder, it may move and slip from its supports. You can also lose your balance while getting on or off an unsteady ladder. Falls from ladders can cause injuries ranging from sprains to death. When using a ladder on the job, follow these safety tips:
  • Position portable ladders so the side rails extend at least 3 feet above the landing
  • Secure side rails at the top of to a rigid support and use a grab device when 3-foot extension is not possible
  • Make sure that the weight on the ladder will not cause it to slip off its support
  • Before each use, inspect ladders for cracked, broken or defective parts
  • Do not apply more weight on the ladder than it is designed to support
  • Use only ladders that comply with OSHA standards
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Construction site accidents lawyers said...
this type of disastrous accidents occurred by poor construction of the buildings and killing many people fall can occur at any time by the negligence of the builders

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 2013 4:02 PM

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