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Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common injuries we see at home and at work.

Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common injuries we see at home and at work. As CH2M focuses our attention on reducing slips, trips and fall risks and hazards this month, we invite you to join us. Our goal always is to maintain a safe work environment for our employees, clients and partners. To achieve it, we all need to work together.
 

Here are 10 ways to prevent slips, trips and falls;

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch where you walk to avoid tripping on uneven surfaces.
  2. Pay attention to your state of mind—are you tired, in a hurry or frustrated?
  3. Wear appropriate shoes for the weather and conditions—look for water, ice, rocks, mud or snow.
  4. Don’t read or text while you walk.
  5. Remove, secure or mark trip hazards—extension cords, carpet, floor mats, tools, hard-to-see pathways and ladders.
  6. Cover open holes and repair walkways or working surfaces.
  7. Don’t block your field of vision when carrying a load. If there’s an elevator, use it when your hands are full.
  8. Clean up spills or other messes immediately regardless of who caused them.
  9. Never stand on a chair, desk, box or shelf to reach something; use a step-ladder instead.
  10. Always use a handrail.

Did you know that engaging in tai chi, yoga, Pilates or a strength conditioning program helps you maintain good balance and core strength? The greater your level of physical conditioning, the more likely you will be able to catch yourself if you slip or trip.

By focusing our collective attention on reducing slips, trips and falls at every CH2M office and project site around the world, we can make great strides on our Target Zero journey. 

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Britt Howard

Vice President, Enterprise Director of Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality
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