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Safety Tip: Tripping and Slipping Hazards


Slipping and tripping is one of the easiest ways to get hurt on the job site, and it happens more often than it should. It is, however, one of the easiest hazards to prevent. There are factors to consider, including design and maintenance, being aware of your surroundings, and housekeeping.

Design and maintenance is one of the key factors to job site safety. When laying out your job site, note if there are going to be large objects moved through a particular area or if there’s going to be heavy foot traffic. These are minor things to consider. A successful job is a safe job.

Another very important tip is be aware of your surroundings. If you are working on high-level floors, you need to be especially aware of what is going on around you. If you’re working near a ledge, pay attention to how far the ledge actually is. Are you one step or ten steps from it? It doesn’t take long to go from the tenth floor to the first.

Lastly, this may be the easiest solution to take to help prevent tripping or slipping. Housekeeping is crucial on a job site. If you’re finished using a tool or piece of material, put it away in the proper location. In many cases, a person trips or slips on the job site from improper housekeeping. If your job site shows messiness or disorganization, spend some time at the end of the workday cleaning it up. From that point forward, when you’re finished using an item put it away immediately. You won’t have to spend time at the end of the workday cleaning up.

Remember a successful job is a safe job, so take the initiative and help make your job safe. At Sims Crane & Equipment, we keep safety in the front of our minds every day. We hope you take safety as important as we do.

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