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Slips, Trips and Falls

June 29, 2016

Slips, trips and falls are the third leading cause of injury in the upstream oil and gas industry. To be more precise "falls on same level" is actually in third place, but slips and trips include body reaction as well, making this an even more significant cause of injury.

What does the data say?

Over the last five years in the three Western provinces falls on same level accounted for:
  • ~2,600 claims (all falls:~4,000)
  • ~$14,800,000.00 of claims cost (all falls:~$27,000,000.00)
  • ~39,000 lost days (all falls:~ 64,000)
The three most significant types of falls are:

#1 Falls onto the floor, ground or walkway, resulting in leg and shoulder injuries
#2 Falls that occur when exiting a non-moving vehicle, resulting in back injuries
#3 Jumping from a non-moving vehicle such as the flatbed truck, resulting in knee and leg injuries

How can these falls be prevented?

Preventing falls on same level

  • Don’t rush and be aware of your surroundings
  • Consider engineering out pooling water
  • Use sand and ice melt to deal with pooling water/ice
  • Use high traction footwear
  • Keep the work site organized and free of clutter (housekeeping)
  • Ensure that your work area has adequate lighting 
  • Clean-up spills immediately

Preventing falls exiting non-moving vehicles

  • Exiting cab of truck by not sliding off of seat, but rather by backing down
  • Use three points of contact when exiting and entering vehicles
    • Do you need a handle or step-bar installed?Photo of Worker Exiting Truck
  • Stop the vehicle in an area free of ice and water when possible
  • Use high traction footwear
  • Identify pooling water/ice and use sand and ice melt
  • Ensure that the cab and steps of the vehicle are free of clutter
Preventing falls jumping from non-moving vehicles
  • Do not jump from cab
  • Use provided alternative to get down from flatbed (i.e. stairs)
  • Lower yourself from flatbed in a seated position
    • "do not jump"
  • Look before you lower yourself
    • Check for uneven ground (ice, snow, frozen or hard dirt)
    • Identify pooling water/ice and use sand and ice melt

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