Slips, trips and falls are the most commonly occurring cause of injury on construction sites and on work sites in general which is why this aspect of OH&S requires and warrants more attention than less commonly occurring hazards. More workers are killed every year because of a slip, trip or fall than any other way on a construction site and despite being aware of risks, workers are still making mistakes which end up costing them dearly. This post attempts to recap some of the most basic duties of employees in avoiding slip, trip and fall injuries.
- Undergo the necessary training. Complete the general construction safety training course, White Card course which covers the basic aspects of construction site safety. Not only is it a mandatory legal requirement but it also covers important aspects of fall protection.
- Maintain a clean and clear work area. While you as a worker obviously do not have control over the entire site, you can control your work area. Keep it clean and clear of debris, clutter and tools which can present a tripping hazard to yourself or others. Also clean up any spills or chemicals on the ground as workers may slip on it.
- Utilise PPE as directed. PPE and fall protection needs to be utilised according to your training and instruction from your supervisors. Keep your PPE and equipment in good condition and store correctly to prolong its lifespan and effectiveness.
- Not sure, Ask. If you have any concerns regarding fall hazards left unattended or unaddressed raise these issues with a supervisor or safety rep. If you have forgotten any aspect of your safety training, ask for advice or additional training. Good communication is key in promoting safety on site and preventing careless behaviour which can contribute to falls and other hazards.