Same-level slips, trips, and falls are occupational hazards that can be found in almost every type of work setting. When considering workplace falls, most people immediately think of falls from a height, yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the majority of fall-related injuries occur as a result of falls from same-level walking surfaces.
Safety professionals today believe that human factors play a key role in these incidents.
Falls to same level:
Floors, platforms and stairways may be slippery from water, blood, or poultry fat and grease.
Employees may trip over boxes, electrical cords, equipment, or other items that are left in aisles and walkways.
Floors may be uneven or have depressions or shallow holes or uncovered floor drains that cause employees to trip.