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Preventing Trips on the Job

Trips are usually caused by taking shortcuts, poor lighting,clutter in work areas, and loose footing. They often happen when you're in a rush. You can prevent trips by thinking about where you are and where you're going.


Watch for hazards

  • Shortcuts. The more shortcuts you take, the greater the chance of tripping. Going off a walkway and cutting through a lawn or driveway to save time may cause you to trip. Carrying a load too big to see over and rushing are also common causes of trips.

  • Lighting and clutter hazards. You need proper lighting to maintain your balance and see ahead. Common lighting and clutter hazards include leaving the lights off and forgetting to replace burned-out bulbs. Leaving tools, boxes, or other items loose in your work area increases your chances of tripping over something.


Don't take shortcuts

The time a shortcut may save isn't worth an injury. To safely complete your tasks:

  • Take the pathway provided for pedestrians.

  • Make sure you can see where you're going.

  • Carry only loads that you can see over.

  • Slow down.

Keep work areas well lit and clean

Your eyes can be your best tool against potential hazards. Be sure to:

  • Turn on the lights every time you enter a room.

  • Replace light bulbs when they burn out.

  • Replace damaged fixtures and cords.

  • Keep all work areas and walkways clear and uncluttered.


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