Slips, Trips & Falls – Watch Your Step
Watch Where You Walk
Be aware of where you are walking. Look down continuously for spilled liquids, materials, equipment, changing surface levels, etc. Make sure the area is well-lit or use a flashlight if lighting is poor.
Wear Proper Footwear
Make sure your shoes are in good shape and correct for the job. Discard worn-out shoes with smooth soles and other defects. If conditions are wet and slippery, wear non-slip shoes or boots.
Check Floor Openings
Avoid unguarded floor openings. On construction sites, when covers are placed over floor openings, avoid walking on the cover unless it is absolutely secure and will not move or collapse. Never jump over pits or other openings.
Be Careful on Stairs
Do not run when going up or down stairs. Check to see that stair treads are in good shape, with no obstructions on the steps. Always use the hand railings that are provided.
Use Ladders Correctly
Never use broken or defective ladders. Set the angle of the ladder at the proper four-to-one ratio (height to width angle). Make sure the ladder is on solid footing and will not move when you climb upon it. Whenever possible, tie your ladder to the structure to improve stability.
Make Sure Scaffolding Is Safe to Use
When working on scaffolding, make sure it is secure, stable and properly set-up.
Don’t Jump Out of Vehicles
Never jump from equipment or vehicles. Use the handrail and steps provided, remembering the “three point rule.”