Slips, Trips, and Falls Training

Falling at work may not seem very dangerous, but falls are the leading cause of workplace injuries. They commonly cause cuts, bruises, broken bones, back injuries, sprains, and strains. Hazards that cause slips, trips, and falls can be controlled and eliminated if they are identified, reported, and corrected. This online safety course describes common causes of slips, trips, and falls, how they can be prevented, and first aid procedures for fall injuries.

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Course Details

Learning Objectives

  • Define “slips,” “trips,” and “falls”
  • Identify common causes of slips, trips, and falls
  • Identify ways to prevent slips, trips, and falls, including good housekeeping procedures
  • List tips for walking on slippery surfaces, on stairs, and in bad weather
  • List proper procedures for the use, placement, and care of ladders
  • Describe steps to take when a slip, trip, or fall hazard has been identified
  • Describe first aid steps for slip, trip, and fall injuries

Specs

Course Level Intermediate
Languages English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Czech
Compatibility Audio, Video
Based on: OSHA 29 CFR 1910, Subpart D: Walking-Working Surfaces

Author

Vector Solutions

With over two decades of experience designing advanced 3D animated courseware and developing our proprietary learning management software, we pride ourselves by having developed over 1,000 safety and operations training modules, which have helped train over 250,000 workers worldwide. Our highly experienced team provides the industry with a simple and high-quality means of training their workforce. Whether your team consists of 25 people or an enterprise with thousands, we’re here to help.

Course Applies To

Key Questions

Why should anyone worry about falls at work?

Falls are the leading cause of workplace injuries and can cause cuts, bruises, broken bones, back injuries, sprains, strains, and deaths. In fact, falls cause 15% of all deaths in the workplace—only motorized vehicles cause more workplace deaths.

What is a slip?

One of the most common causes of falls, a slip is caused by a lack of traction between the foot or shoe and the walking surface.

What causes slips?

Slips are caused by slippery floor surfaces, wet floors, slippery shoe soles, weather hazards such as ice or snow, broken floor surfaces, loose rugs, loose floor mats, and more.

What is a trip?

Trips occur when people strike their leg against something and lose their balance, and they are another common cause of falls.

What causes a trip?

Trips are caused by objects left in walkways, wrinkled or upturned mats, loose or exposed cords, drawers or cabinets left open, uneven walking surfaces, carrying heavy and awkwardly shaped objects, walking with an obstructed view, and dim or overly bright lighting.

What is one of the best ways to prevent slips, trips, and falls?

Good housekeeping practices are one of the best ways to prevent slips, trips, and falls.

What type of footwear should one wear?

To avoid slips, trips, and falls, wear shoes that fit well, that are comfortable, and that have soles that provide good traction.

What should you do if you discovered a hazard that could cause a fall?

Alert others, place warnings in the area, block off the area, and try to correct it if possible, and alert supervisors so they can correct it if you can’t.

Sample Video Transcript

“Trips are another common cause of falls. Trips occur when people strike their foot or leg against something causing them to lose their balance. Trips can be caused by objects left in walkways, wrinkled or upturned mats, loose or exposed cords, drawers or cabinets left open, uneven walking surfaces, carrying heavy and awkwardly shaped objects, walking with an obstructed view, and dim or overly bright lighting.”

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