Safer Times: The Good Day's Work Blog

Winter Hazards - Slips, Trips and Falls Around Facilities

Posted by Marty Huseman on Nov 24, 2017

Slip, trip and fall (STF) injuries are common in agribusiness, especially in the winter time. Prepare now to minimize slip, trip and fall hazards around your facilities and before the ice and snow arrive.  Grab a clipboard and pad and make a list of the top 3-5 most obvious areas that have given employees problems in the past. Then get feedback from employees where they feel STF hazards are around the operation. Next do a walk around to find areas that are potential walking and working surface hazards. This should include areas where there is clutter, reduced or blocked exits, uneven surfaces and areas where water, ice or snow can accumulate.

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Topics: Slips, Trips, and Falls, Winter Hazards, Tripping Hazards, Snow and Ice Removal

Safety Training 101: Walking/Working Surfaces

Posted by Good Day's Work on Apr 18, 2017

While those of us who run ag operations in colder climates are happy about the warmer temperatures that Spring brings, it’s a fact that the mud and rainfall of the season will make our working conditions more treacherous. The risk of slip, trip, and fall injuries increases significantly with the warmer weather – and not just because we can finally get back outside again.

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Topics: Walking/Working Surfaces, Slips, Trips, and Falls

Farm Safety Tips: Slips Trips and Falls

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jan 24, 2017

Slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are no laughing matter. In fact, they account for more than 225,000 injuries a year. And 70% of these incidents occur on level surfaces with falls from less than four feet above ground!

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Topics: Farm Safety Tips, Slips, Trips, and Falls, Farm Safety

Winter Hazards of Snow and Ice

Posted by Al Tweeten on Dec 6, 2016

If your agribusiness operation doesn’t present enough opportunity for slips and falls, wait for a snow or ice storm!  Even without a storm, freezing temperatures can create additional hazards due to the freezing of existing wet or muddy areas.  Take time now to identify areas where some additional grading or surface changes could reduce the water or moisture subject to freezing.  Some of these areas include downspouts from roofs, low spots in parking areas, runoff from lots, etc. 

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Topics: Slips, Trips, and Falls, Winter Hazards, Winter Safety, Snow and Ice

Farm Safety Tips: Slips Trips and Falls

Posted by Good Day's Work on Aug 11, 2016

Slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are no laughing matter. In fact, they account for more than 225,000 injuries a year. And 70% of these incidents occur on level surfaces with falls from less than four feet above ground!

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Topics: Farm Safety Tips, Slips, Trips, and Falls, Farm Safety

WALKING/WORKING SURFACES: SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS HAS AN UNEXPECTED FOCUS

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 14, 2016

Slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents.

Agriculture is no different than any other industry when it comes to slips, trips and falls (STF’s). Similar to construction, changes in walking surfaces is part of the landscape. STF’s are a major challenge for safety managers and account for roughly 15.2% of all injuries that require time off work.

Traditional Solutions                                                                                     

Most traditional solutions zero in on physical factors like obstructions, wet and slippery floors and uneven surfaces. Those issues are commonly addressed in three ways:

  • rules and procedures
  • regular maintenance
  • proper equipment

A sound housekeeping plan, warnings of raised surfaces and employing anti-slip materials go a long way to prevent STFs in the traditional sense.

 

What About Non-Traditional Solutions?

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Topics: Walking/Working Surfaces, Slips, Trips, and Falls

Safety Training 101: Walking/Working Surfaces

Posted by Good Day's Work on Apr 21, 2016

While those of us who run ag operations in colder climates are happy about the warmer temperatures that Spring brings, it’s a fact that the mud and rainfall of the season will make our working conditions more treacherous. The risk of slip, trip, and fall injuries increases significantly with the warmer weather – and not just because we can finally get back outside again.

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Topics: Walking/Working Surfaces, Slips, Trips, and Falls

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