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    Safety Tips | Slips, trips and falls

    Watch your step

    May 23, 2014

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    In 2011, slips, trips or falls were the cause of 14.5 percent of work-related deaths, according to the 2014 edition of the National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts.” Whether it is a change in elevation, a recently polished floor or an icy sidewalk, follow these tips to help prevent slips, trips and falls:

    • Wear appropriate shoes for the task at hand.
    • When exiting a vehicle, hold on to the door, roof or assist handle.
    • In inclement weather, wipe shoes on rugs to prevent tracking in water, snow and salt.
    • Avoid distracted walking and remain alert for any surface changes.
    • Follow basic safety rules when using ladders: check the ladder’s condition before use and maintain three points of contact (two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand) at all times.