What are trip hazards?
Trips happen when your foot collides (strikes, hits) an object causing you to lose the balance and, eventually fall. Common causes of tripping are: obstructed view. poor lighting.
What is considered a trip hazard by OSHA?
A trip results from an obstacle on a floor or an uneven surface. An electrical cord across an aisle way, or an uneven pavement are examples of trip hazards. Few falls are intentional; most can be prevented by taking precautions.
What are some examples of trip hazards?
Trip hazards can happen in any type of work environment, and it's not just cables you need to look out for.
Boxes, plants, bags on floors or courier deliveries placed in access areas can present trip and collision risks, especially if the workers required to manoeuvre around them are distracted.
implement and maintain risk control measures • review risk control measures. Eliminate the hazard Remove slip and trip hazards at the design stage such as eliminating changes in floor levels and installing more power outlets to avoid trailing cords. Substitution Replace flooring with a more slip-resistant surface.
In general, slips and trips occur due to a loss of traction between the shoe and the walking surface or an inadvertent contact with a fixed or moveable object which may lead to a fall. Uneven walking surfaces. Polished or freshly waxed floors. Loose flooring, carpeting or mats.
1. Identifying hazards. Poor walking surfaces are the number one contributor to workplace slips and trips.
Essentially, the ADA defines a trip hazard as any vertical change over ¼ inch at any joint or crack in the concrete.
Falls are of two basic types: elevated falls and same-level falls. Same-level falls are most frequent, but elevated falls are more severe. Same-level falls are generally slips or trips. Injury results when the individual hits a walking or working surface or strikes some other object during the fall.
A hazard is a source or a situation with the potential for harm in terms of human injury or ill-health, damage to property, damage to the environment, or a combination of these. An unwanted event is a situation or condition where there is a loss of control of the hazard that leads to harm.
The six main categories of hazards are:
The biggest safety hazard involved in using regular scissors is the risk of laceration from overly-sharpened blades. Metal scissors tend to dull quickly. As a result, they're manufactured to be overly sharp in an attempt to extend the tool's longevity. Using such a pair of scissors increases the risk of laceration.
Slip/trip and falls can cause very serious injuries such as fractures and dislocations, back injuries, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. If the worst happens and you're injured in a slip/trip and fall incident, follow these guidelines to protect your health and legal rights.
See our info-graphic on the 6 types of hazards in the work place.