Slips, Trips & Falls Training Video by Atlantic Training

Slips, Trips & Falls Training Video and DVD Program
  • SKU: CS042-DVD
  • Copyright: 2004
  • Runtime: 17 mins.
  • Producer: Atlantic Training
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Atlantic Training's Slips, Trips and Falls training program shows employees the situations that can lead to slips, trips and falls, and what they can do to avoid or prevent these accidents. Areas covered in the program include:

  • Why slips, trips and falls occur.
  • Common causes of accidents.
  • Adverse health effects of injuries.
  • Techniques used to avoid slips, trips and falls.
  • The importance of safety shoes.
  • How to "fall" safely.
  • ...and more.
  • (2) Training DVDs - (1) in English and (1) in Spanish Closed Captioned DVD with digital trainer tools for each.
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    Video Highlights

    Video Highlights

    • OSHA reports that the majority of industry accidents are slips and falls.

      OSHA reports that the majority of industry accidents are slips and falls.

    • How changing position can facilitate a fall.

      How changing position can facilitate a fall.

    • Avoiding a fall by

      Avoiding a fall by "reaching".

    • Avoiding a slip/trip when walking.

      Avoiding a slip/trip when walking.

    • Different degrees of walking surface friction.

      Different degrees of walking surface friction.

    • Recognizing

      Recognizing "slippery" surfaces.

    • Avoiding slips, trips and falls by keeping things neat.

      Avoiding slips, trips and falls by keeping things neat.

    • Other potentially dangerous floor features.

      Other potentially dangerous floor features.

    • How jobs may require you to adapt your footwear.

      How jobs may require you to adapt your footwear.

    • The need to pay attention to your shoe sole's condition.

      The need to pay attention to your shoe sole's condition.

    • Factors. other than materials, that make shoes

      Factors. other than materials, that make shoes "slip-resistant".

    • The correct way to mitigate a fall.

      The correct way to mitigate a fall.

    • Why you would keep broken bone victims from eating.

      Why you would keep broken bone victims from eating.

    • The importance of good posture.

      The importance of good posture.

    What's in The Box

    What's In The Box

    • (1) Training DVD in ENGLISH
    • (1) Training DVD in SPANISH
    • (1) Year of FREE Updates: OSHA Compliance
    • (10) Free accesses to streaming library WAVE
    • Digital: Scheduling Form, Attendance Form, Employee Quiz, Training Certificate, Log, Wallet Cards (printable)

    Video Transcript

    Slips, Trips, and Falls

    According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls costed to the majority  of general industry accidents and falls result in 15% of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicle fatalities. It's important to realize that it doesn't take falling from a high place to injure you. Simply slipping on a wet floor, or tripping over a small object can result in a fall that lands you in the hospital with a broken bone, strained back or concussion. To avoid these types of accidents, you need to understand how your body maintains its balance as your "center of gravity" changes. 

    Center of Gravity and Maintaining Balance

    "Center of gravity" is defined as the point at which the entire weight of an object can be balanced. Imagine that you're standing straight up. Now draw a triangle, with your feet forming the two points at the base, and the third point of the triangle at your lower back. This upper point is roughly where your center of gravity is. These three points constantly change position as you move. If the upper point extends out past the lower points you will lose your balance… and unless you regain it, you'll fall. 

    As with any object, the shape and size of your body will have a direct impact on how naturally stable you are. A short person will have a lower center of gravity and be more stable than a tall person. It simply takes less of a push to cause the taller person to extend their center of gravity out past their feet, and fall over. Weight is also a contributing factor. A person who is barrel-chested will have a higher center of gravity and be more top- heavy than someone who is thinner. How you stand also affects your stability. You're in your most stable standing position when you're perfectly upright, with your arms at your sides. This keeps your center of gravity low, around the lower part of your spine and over your feet. 

    If you hunch over or slouch, your center of gravity can extend out past your feet, making you less stable. Reaching for something can also cause you to lose your balance. When you reach over your head, your center of gravity rises dramatically and you become extremely unstable. So you should get a step ladder if you need to get to something up high. But be careful on ladders, they become an extension of your body. The higher you are on a ladder, the higher your center of gravity becomes, and the less stable you'll be. So it's always a good idea to have someone steady the ladder, to make sure that you don't lose your balance. 

    Carrying something can make you unstable, as well, especially if you position it incorrectly. For instance, putting a load on your shoulder not only raises your center of gravity, it throws it dangerously off to the side. To maintain you stability, you should carry objects at waist level and close to your body, this keeps your center of gravity low and balanced over your feet. Maintaining your balance is especially important when you walk, since this is when you are most likely to trip or slip. 

    Trips and Slips

    Most people take walking for granted, but it requires split second timing, and a lot of dexterity. When walking you lean forward, extending your center of gravity out past your feet. Taking a step to keep up with your center of gravity prevents you from falling. As you walk, you plant one foot as you move the other. Since a single foot doesn't provide much of a base of support, it doesn't take much to cause you to slip or trip. Trips usually occur when you stumble on uneven walking surfaces or objects that are in your path.Slips are caused by a lack of friction between the soles of your shoes and the surface that you're walking on. Slips generally happen while you're on surfaces that are smooth, slick or wet. But there are other factors that can contribute to you slipping as well, including:

    • The slope of the surface.
    • Wearing shoes that don't provide adequate traction.
    • The momentum that you build up while you're walking.

    Momentum is the force behind your movement. It's generated by your weight and the speed at which you walk.  When you walk, you build up more momentum than someone who walks slower or weighs less than you do. Likewise, when you carry a heavy object you create more momentum than when you aren't carrying anything at all. The more momentum that you produce, the more friction you need between t he soles of your shoes and the walking surface to keep you from slipping (and the more difficult it is for you to regain your footing and stop yourself from falling). 

    Walking Surfaces

    Different walking surfaces provide varying degrees of friction. Plywood flooring has a lot more friction than a smooth concrete floor. A dry tile floor provides more friction than one that's wet. You can avoid slipping by being aware of the type of surface that you're walking on, and knowing how much traction it provides. Let's look at some of the walking surfaces that you may encounter. They can be divided into three types:

    • Non-slip.
    • Moderately slippery.
    • Slippery.

    "Non-slip" surfaces provide traction regardless of whether they are wet or dry. They include:

    • Carpet.
    • Rough-textured concrete.
    • Rubber Mats.
    • Textured steel plate.
    • Surfaces covered with abrasive paint or non-slip coatings.

    "Moderately slippery" surfaces are reasonably slip-resistant when they're dry, but can be very slippery when they're wet. These include:

    • Unpolished ceramic tile.
    • Vinyl.
    • Smooth concrete.
    • Unfinished wood.

    "Slippery" surfaces don't provide much traction, wet or dry. They include:

    • Polished marble and tile.
    • Smooth metal.
    • Freshly painted concrete.
    • Varnished wood.
    • Ice.

    The most slippery places inside a building tend to be near entrances, restrooms, and areas around machinery. Often the floor in these locations are made of moderately slippery materials, such as vinyl, tile or concrete, which can become skating rinks when they get wet. If possible, these areas should be covered with "non-slip" materials, such as rubber mats or carpets. Outside of your building you need to be careful when walking on sidewalks and pavements that may be wet or icy. 

    In addition to water, there are other slippery things that you need to keep an eye out for, such as:

    • Dirt.
    • Sand.
    • Sawdust.
    • Metal shavings.
    • Packaging materials.
    • Loose gravel.
    • Grease.
    • Street grime.

    You also need to be careful when you're walking on ramps or other sloping surfaces, since the likelihood of slipping increases when a surface is not level.

    Housekeeping and Maintenance

    Keeping everything neat, tidy and well maintained can go a long way in helping to avoid slips, trips and falls. For instance, you have to be able to see hazards to avoid them, so something as simply as replacing a burned out light bulb can prevent you from tripping over something. In fact, let's check some more lights on typical slip and trips hazards and discuss how to eliminate them. To help prevent slipping, keep walking surfaces dry and clean-up loose material. Use absorbent substances like vermiculite or kitty litter to soak up any grease or oil but be sure to sweep everything up when you're done. You can also use a non skid rubber mat or a piece of carpeting to cover a slippery spot. Make sure that these lie flat and stay in place, so they don't create a tripping hazard. You slip on surfaces, but you trip on objects. Boxes, tools, and other things that are left where people walk are a leading cause of trips .Remember, even small items such as pencils and paper clips can cause people to skid across the floor so pick them up whenever you see them. 

    Inspect stairways to ensure that they are clear of debris. Check to see that handrails are firmly attached, and use them whenever you go up or down the stairs. Loose floorboards, torn carpet, protruding nails and small potholes in the floor are also dangerous. Cordon off this area and have the hazards repaired.

    Make sure that you close file cabinets and *dish doors* before you walk away so that someone doesn't trip over them. Even the process of cleaning up can create slip or trip hazard. Place sign to warn people of wet floors when you mop and make sure that you don't  stretch your vacuum cleaners cord across pathways. If you need to use a power cord in a high traffic area, tape it down. But don't leave it there for more than a few hours, since the tape will eventually loosen. 


    A clean and well maintained workplace can eliminate many slip hazards but to be truly slip resistant yo need to wear the proper shoes. While some jobs require you to wear many hats. To avoid slipping on the job you may need to wear several different pairs of shoes as well. For instance, if you are sales person, you might want to wear *dress* shoes to meet with the client at their office but switch to safety shoes with slip-resistant soles when you tour their manufacturing facilities. Shoes should fit properly, be comfortable, and have soles and heels that are suited for the surfaces that you'll be walking on.

    The heels of your shoes are especially important. They're the first part of your shoes to come in contact with the floor when you take a step. Most slips occur when there isn't enough friction between the heel of your shoe and the walking surface to counteract the momentum that is created as your body weight shifts towards the forward leg. To help avoid slips, you should make sure that the heels on your shoes are in good condition, and are as low and wide as possible. 

    So, while high heels may look nice, they don't provide much traction and can cause real slipping problems. High heels are also unstable and can catch on carpet on the floor, too. You also need to pay attention to what the soles of your shoes are made of, and how much tread they have on them. Now-a-days most shoes and boots have soles made of synthetic rubber. However, a few are still made with natural rubber, and some even have leather soles. Soles made of synthetic soft rubber such as those that are found on sneakers and most walking shoes are effective on dry surfaces, but may be slippery when conditions are wet. Many work boots have soles made out of hard rubber, this soles may not provide as much friction on dry surfaces but have good traction in areas that are wet or greasy. 

    Some men's and women's dress shoes have smooth leather soles which can be slippery even on carpet and other non-slip surfaces. Fortunately, there are many attractive business shoes with slip-resistant rubber soles. This are not only a lot safer than leather sole business shoes, they also tend to be more comfortable. But it is not just the materials that the soles are made of that gives them their slip-resistant qualities, it's also the added friction provided by the raised pattern or tread on the soles.

    Where traditional business shoes tend to have smooth soles, slip resistant soles have groves cut into the bottom of them, the soles of most work shoes and boots have especially deep treads which channel water away to prevent you from slipping just like the tread on automobile tires channels away water to keep cars from skidding. 

    Whatever footwear you choose, make sure that it's in good shape. Inspect your shoes for worn laces, torn stitches and loose soles and remember to look for embedded foreign objects (even a small stone or thumbtack can turn a slip-resistant shoe into a skate).

    How to Fall Properly and First Aid 

    Falls happen quickly, but if you know how to fall properly you can avoid ending up flat on your face. The important thing to remember is to not tense up. By remaining loose you will decrease the chances of a serious injury. As you fall:

    • Relax.
    • Bend your elbows and knees.
    • Allow your muscles to gradually absorb the impact.
    • Roll in the direction of the fall.
    • Don't try to break a fall with your hands.

    If you land with all of your body weight on a hand, you could seriously sprain your wrist or break a bone. If a fall does result in an injury, you may need to give the victim first aid, but only if you've been trained to handle the injury. You should never move anyone who has been knocked unconscious in a fall or who may have seriously injured their head, neck, back, or hips. Keep them immobile and call 911 to get emergency medical help. By putting your best foot forward, you could avoid slipping, tripping, and falling.

    Let's review:

    • Maintain your center of gravity with good posture and by carrying objects low and close to your body.
    • Pay attention to the surface that you are walking on and look for slip and trip hazards.
    • Cover slippery floors with rubber mats or other materials that provide traction.
    • Clean Up pills and keep walking areas free of all obstacles.
    • Wear the proper shoes or boots for the conditions that you will be working in.
    • And, if you do fall, remember to relax and roll with it so that you don't get hurt.
    • Slips, trips and falls can be more serious than many people think. But staying on your toes will keep you on your feet! 

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