TOOLBOX TALK 07/60
TOPIC: TRIPPING HAZARDS
OBJECTIVE: TO ENSURE WORKERS UNDERSTAND BASIC SAFETY RULES
Some things to know before you give your talk.
The good thing about tripping hazards is that most can easily be prevented.
But it takes two things:
- Recognition of the fall accident potential (or accident waiting to happen)
- Fixing it!
The most common causes of falls in construction are:
- Poor housekeeping — wet and slippery floors
- Tripping hazards caused by uneven surfaces
- Poor lighting
- Weather (rain, snow and ice and mud)
- Failing to look where you are stepping
Most falls can be prevented by taking an extra second or two to do such things as:
- Pick up stray pieces of lumber
- Move the extension cord
- Clean up after your work has been completed
- Highlight short projections through floors — such as pipes or conduits — to increase their visibility
- Cover small floor holes by planking over the hole and cleating or wiring the planks
- Warn others about mud, water and ice and more importantly clean it up.
- Tell your crew to do what they can to prevent falls but if conditions exist, to tell you so that they can be corrected.
- Remind them that the fall they prevent could be their own.
- To keep aisles and walkways clear of object.
Questions you can use to get them talking:
- Are there any areas here where people could trip?
- Has anyone ever had an accident – or know of one – involving a fall?
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