Falls and Slips

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Scientifically speaking, slips happen when there is not enough friction (or traction) between the area you’re walking on and your feet (or shoes or boots). Trips, on the other hand, are the loss of balance caused by your foot hitting against an object you weren’t prepared for.

People trip at work for many reasons, including messy and untidy walkways, inadequate lighting, unprotected installation wires and cables, unattended, opened storage units and drawers, and uneven rugs or carpet floors.

Some general recommendations for preventing slips and trips include:

 

  • Spills should be addressed and cleaned up as soon as possible. When spills cannot be readily cleaned up, be sure to put “wet floor” hazard signs up for fellow workers, clients and others to clearly see.
  • Hallways, floors, walkways, ramps and stairs should be free of objects, obstacles and untidy areas that could potentially become tripping or slipping hazards.
  • Storage units, drawers, and cabinets should be kept fully and securely shut whenever they’re not actively being used.
  • Protect installation wires and cable with adequate covers when they are positioned around walkways.
  • Prevent poor lighting conditions by removing and replacing lights that have burnt out immediately.
  • Put in abrasive floor mats, and make sure to repair or replace any damaged or flooring that’s suffered wear and tear.
  • Ensure that workers are wearing work-appropriate, fitting, and comfortable shoes or boots.

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Falls

Falls are possible in absolutely any work setting and as a product of many different things. That said, many culprits typically making more falls happen include uneven or untidy walkways or work surfaces, floor and wall openings, unguarded and exposed edges, inadequately-used fall protection, slippery areas, and poorly-positioned ladders.

Generally, it’s recommended that you should maintain situational awareness wherever you are and walk at the proper pace, taking into account the kind of surface that you’re walking on as well as the complexities of the task you’re performing. While walking, be sure to use wide turns to see more of what’s ahead of you, utilize safety handrails while using the stairs, and walk with both of your feet pointed outwards a little bit.

How to prevent slips and falls

Study these rules and tips to keep you and your coworkers safe, and to always be on the lookout for fall hazards.

  1. Typical causes for slips and falls in turf care include:

·         Ladders used in an improper and unsafe manner

·         Uncovered hoses, cables, and extension cords

·         Grease and oil

·         Sand

·         Hoses and extension cords Standing water

·         Lack of traction (like with grass clippings on a step pad)

  1. Maintain clean and clear walkways, hallways, lanes, and aisles to prevent avoidable falling and slipping risks
  2. Keep on the lookout for falling hazard signs indicating slippery or otherwise unsafe footing nearby
  3. Practice good housekeeping, such as cleaning up any fluids that spill promptly and completely
  4. Make sure that your footwear is properly and regularly cleaned and is skid-free (these practices will significantly reduce your chances of slipping or falling due to your footwear)
  5. Situational awareness is key: always stay aware of your surroundings, no matter where you’re going or what you’re doing while working

Additional guidelines for preventing slips and falls

  • Maintain good lighting both indoors and on outdoor walkways
  • When possible, secure phone and electrical cables away from traffic areas, especially high-traffic zones
  • Ensure that all stairways have appropriate handrails installed
  • Use a well-designed and maintained step-stool when reaching for items that are stored or located in high places
  • Ensure that no one stands up or works on top of tables, chairs, or surfaces that are supported by wheels
  • Place and position furniture so that it allows for sufficient walking pathways
  • Perform scheduled inspections and maintenance of all outdoor steps, ramps, and walkways to keep them in optimal condition
  • Regularly clean outdoor walking areas of debris, leaves that have fallen, and any snow that has accumulated
  • Provide educational meetings about how over-the-counter, prescription and illicit drugs, as well as alcohol use, can all affect any worker’s risks of losing balance and of falling

Workplace-related falls average around $2,500 per accident in terms of medical costs incurred later. And about 15% of accidental deaths at the workplace are caused by slips and falls. Workplace injuries for slips and falls nationwide average over 12,000 each year.

Safety policies that emphasize preventative measures and policies have the most impact. Safety is the responsibility of each and every worker. Many accidents can be avoided by each worker being careful, alert, and conscientious in their work and housekeeping duties.

Bonus section: using ladders safely

To ensure ladders are used safely, each worker should be instructed as to how to pick out, look over, and use each and every ladder used at the workplace.

Selecting the right kind of ladder

Not all ladders are built for the same tasks. It’s important to know the types of ladders at the workplace and what tasks can be accomplished with each type of ladder.

A few of the common kinds of ladders include step ladders, extension ladders and step-stools.

Ladder Height: You should consider the ladder height that is necessary for the job. Underestimating the required height and picking a ladder that is too short for the job is a common workplace mistake. This can lead to bad standing on the highest two steps on a step ladder or overreaching on a ladder that’s too short for the task. Note that ladders placed against a building should be at the very least three feet (about two rungs) higher than whatever building the ladder is placed against.

Body Weight: You should keep note of your body weight when using any ladder. All ladders plainly spell out their weight capacities. You should ensure that your weight and the weight of your tools do not exceed the maximum weight that the ladder can carry.

Material of Ladder: The ladder’s material is also an important factor to keep in mind. Ladders are typically made of metal, fiberglass, and wood. Metal ladders should be treated with extra care, as they have the capability of arcing and transmitting electrical if exposed to an electrical energy source.

Inspecting ladders

Ladders should be inspected before each and every use. Ladders with deficiencies and faults cannot be used. Everyone should be properly trained on inspecting ladders for any problems before using them.

More specifically, pay attention to:

  • Rungs
  • Cracks
  • Supports
  • Side rails
  • Distorted or damaged metal
  • Bolts and nuts

Precautions for using ladders safely

Remember: to use a ladder safely, always start with the PPE you need (namely gloves), face the ladder head-on, use three points of contact at all times, and have a coworker spot you.

 

In the end, safety is YOUR responsibility. And with these precautions, it will come that much more naturally to you.

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John Clarkin has been working in the golf industry for the last quarter of a century. Following a London City and Guilds Degree in Greenkeeping, John graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 1994 where he studied Turfgrass Management.

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Turfgrass employs a team including Agronomists, Project Managers and Course Managers. John has established a reputation as one of Europe’s leading golf course development and management advisors specialising in Agronomy, Project Management, Golf Course Management, Private and Commercial Putting Greens and Recruitment. Current clients include Wentworth, Adare Manor, Gleneagles, The Solheim Cup and Vidauban.

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The game of golf has been a passion of Josh’s for his entire life. He attended both Cal Berkeley and UC Davis on golf scholarships. After college he went on to play professionally for over a decade including playing full time on the Nationwide (now KornFerry) tour. Since retiring from professional golf he has worked in Sales and Business Development for a number of companies most of which are in the golf space. Josh has a proven track record of establishing key client relationships and driving new business.

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Al Wilson   Co-Founder / CEO

Al Wilson started out life as a teacher and football coach.  It wasn’t until the mid 80’s that he decided to go into business for himself.  As with many entrepreneurial journeys the destination was somewhere he never expected.

In the early 90’s Al started a pumping systems manufacturing business in the golf market.  Quickly that expanded into distribution into the same market he was manufacturing for.  

Through the success of this company, he co-founded Turf Assistant with his son Ron.  The two love working together daily to solve problems that businesses in the turf space face.  Al is still active in his day to day role with Turf Assistant’s parent company and sits as head on the advisory board of Turf Assistant.