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April 8, 2022


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A number of our members have seen an increase in the number of slips, trips and falls reported from offshore vessels in the past twelve months. There is a clear need to raise awareness and highlight several serious incidents involving slips and trips.

Slips and trips are one of the most common causes of major injuries at work. The worst kind of these accidents can prove to be fatal but they can also lead to cuts, bruises, head injuries, back injuries, and fractures. All slips and trips are preventable if all procedures, processes and risk assessments are followed. Everyone has a personal and shared responsibility to work together cooperatively to prevent workplace injuries.

The following issues, in particular, may be highlighted:

  • Stairs – distraction, rushing, weather conditions etc;
  • Contamination of flooring – contamination can be classed as anything that should not end up on a floor, e.g. rainwater, oil, grease, cardboard, product wrapping, dust, etc;
  • Walkways – trailing cables, stored items, debris, unsecured mats, changes in levels and slopes etc;
  • Obstacles – whether permanent or temporary;
  • Housekeeping – a large percentage of trip accidents are caused by poor housekeeping. So improving housekeeping helps eliminate a large number of accidents;
  • Environment – weather, noise, humidity, condensation, lighting, vessel movement etc;
  • Suitable footwear – can play an important part in preventing slips and trips, choose the appropriate work footwear;
  • People or human factors – how people act and behave in their work environment – fatigue, loss of concentration, horseplay, and low-risk perception, etc.

In conclusion:

  • The incidents described here were all wholly avoidable. Luckily many of these cases resulted in minor injuries to the individuals. However, the potential was there for a more severe injury to have been sustained;
  • For some, safety only becomes an important consideration when they are doing a dangerous job or task. They rationalize that safety procedures can be bypassed or ignored when the task is simple, small, ‘routine’ and seemingly presents little risk of injury. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is why many ‘routine’, and apparently safe tasks or jobs, end up resulting in accidents;
  • The habit of working safely should not be limited to those activities or tasks that are the most difficult or dangerous. ‘Work safe habits’ should be part of your everyday work ‘routine’. If safety is not incorporated into every job or task you do, it is really only a matter of time before an accident occurs;
  • All worksite areas should be free from hazards through effective planning, procedural controls and risk assessment of tasks;
  • Effective toolbox talks, supervision and an ongoing review of working practices are essential to ensure learnings are identified, acted upon and shared.

Course Content

  • Slips, Trip & Fall
  • Slip and Fall
  • Trip and Fall
  • Step and Fall
  • Contributing Factors
  • Falls From Ladders
  • Falls From Vehicles and Equipment
  • Falls From Loading Docks
  • Falls on Stairs
  • Fixed Ladders
  • Fall Protective Devices
  • Signs and Stripping
  • Learning How to Fall
  • Recommendations
  • Safe Start

Course Curriculum

    • Slips, Trip & Fall 00:20:00
    • Slip and Fall 00:15:00
    • Trip and Fall 00:10:00
    • Step and Fall 00:10:00
    • Contributing Factors 00:10:00
    • Falls From Ladders 00:15:00
    • Falls From Vehicles and Equipment 00:15:00
    • Falls From Loading Docks 00:10:00
    • Falls on Stairs 00:15:00
    • Fixed Ladders 00:10:00
    • Fall Protective Devices 00:10:00
    • Signs and Stripping 00:10:00
    • Learning How to Fall 00:10:00
    • Recommendations 00:10:00
    • Safe Start 00:25:00
    • Slips Trips Falls 00:45:00

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