Slips, Trips and Falls
Learners should be able to discuss when and why falls occur. A possible way to lead the discussion would be to have the learners identify situations where falls may occur: Suggested responses include:
- working on an elevated platform such as in theatre rigging,
- using ladders to change light bulbs,
- placing posters on the walls,
- painting homes, and
- unloading packages from the back of a panel truck.
Ask learners to identify some situations that could cause falls, such as:
- slipping on ice or oil,
- forgetting to hold on to a support when we are on a ladder, tree or a scaffold,
- trying to reach too far away from the ladder or scaffold, and
- poor visibility.
Have learners identify ways to help prevent falls from heights such as:
- using fall protection,
- asking for "hands-on" training about safe procedures for working at heights, and
- using adequate equipment to reach heights.
Have learners identify methods that can help prevent slips and trips such as:
- cleaning up spills,
- putting salt or sand on ice,
- wearing shoes with good traction,
- wearing proper footwear for the kind of work you are doing,
- cleaning up after a lab exercise, a project in the tech lab or at work,
- returning all the tools and equipment to their proper storage area, and
- keeping floors and aisleways clear.