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Occupational slips, trips, and falls on the same level (STFL), have been a severe problem in the workplace for decades. Some of the most recent data about their financial impact on business comes from the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.
Telling employees to watch their step isn’t enough to eliminate slip, trip and fall injuries in production areas. Like other safety hazards, slip, trip and fall hazards can be identified and in many cases eliminated.
Most Americans spend close to 90 percent of their time indoors, so creating environments that are safer, cleaner and built with wellness in mind is more important than ever. But finding solutions that prove a real return on investment and offer true safety benefits to the public can be difficult.
Few employees may ever take notice of a freshly cleaned, well-maintained floor. Unfortunately, too few also tend to notice uneven surfaces that cause trips or spilled materials that can make floors slippery. That’s one of the reasons why it’s up to employers to make sure that these types of hazards are eliminated.
29 CFR 1910.21-1910.30 Final Rule Industry Walking-Working Surfaces Standards Personal Protective Equipment
December 20, 2018
OSHA's efforts to revise and update the existing general industry walking-working surfaces standards have been underway since 1973. The final rule incorporates advances in technology, industry best practices, and national consensus standards to provide effective and cost-efficient worker protection.
Providing clean, safe walkways in public facilities is essential for preventing costly slip, trip and fall (ST&F) accidents. Falls on the same level were the second leading cause of all workplace injuries in 2013 at 16.4 percent of all workplace injuries and resulted in $10.1 billion in direct costs (Liberty Mutual, 2016).
Red Wing Shoes recently released the BRNR XP boot. The boot features a: lightweight nano composite toe cap for intense protection; a slip-resistant Griptek sole that can take workers from the mine shaft to the oil rig; and is built with a polyurethane midsole for superior durability and protection.
STABIL’s StripGrips is specifically designed for floor stripping. To keep workers safely on their feet while stripping floors, StripGrips feature STABIL’s proprietary Thermo Plastic Elastomer and replaceable pads. TPE provides a flexible, lightweight upper which keeps the StripGrips secure over workers’ footwear of choice. StripGrips pads can be removed easily for cleaning.
The Walking-Working Surfaces; Personal Protective Equipment standard, 29 CFR 1910.22, was published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2016, at pages 82494-83006. Most of the rule became effective Jan. 18, 2017, but some provisions have delayed effective dates.
Fatal falls, slips, and trips were up 10 percent in 2014 from the previous year. Falls to lower level were up 9 percent to 647 from 595 in 2013, and falls on the same level increased 17 percent. In 532 of the 647 fatal falls to lower level, the height of the fall was known.