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Preventing slips, trips, and falls

Work related slips, trips and falls can result in serious disabling injuries that impact an employee’s ability to do their job, resulting in:

  • Lost workdays
  • Reduced productivity
  • Expensive worker compensation claims
  • Decreased ability to care for patients

While taking safety precautions are a top priority at Yale New Haven Health, accidents still happen. Listed below are the top 10 causes of slips, trips and falls:

  1. Contaminants on the floor (water, grease, oil, fluid, food)
  2. Tripping hazards: clutter, loose cords, hoses, wires, medical tubing
  3. Indoor walking surface irregularities
  4. Stairs and handrails
  5. Step stools and ladders
  6. Improper use of floormats and runners
  7. Poor drainage from pipes and drains
  8. Inadequate lighting
  9. Weather conditions: Ice and snow
  10. Outdoor walking surface irregularities

Please follow these basic education and awareness tips:

  • Provide education and awareness on fall prevention to staff
  • Clean up any noticeable spill, or call Environmental Services if cleanup is needed
  • Be attentive to what you are doing, do not talk on a cell phone or text while walking
  • Wear proper footwear with traction

As winter approaches, please be mindful that preparedness is essential to avoid injuries during the colder months. Winter planning reminders include:

  • Wear proper winter footwear, carry your work shoes into work
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Do not use a cell phone while walking on ice or snow
  • Carry your belongings in a backpack, so both hands are free
  • Walk slowly and carefully - Walk like a penguin

For any safety issues, please email Brian Rego, Safety Specialist.