Effect of a Brief Worksite Health Education Workshop on the Fall Prevention Knowledge of Physical Plant Employees

Justin McDermott,
Joan Scacciaferro,
Beth Antonacci,
Alaina Kramer,
Truman State University

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Abstract: Because laborers are at high-risk for workplace injuries such as those from slips, trips, and falls, employee safety training for prevention of slips, trips, and falls is recommended; physical plant laborers at a small university in Missouri participated in a brief worksite health education workshop on slips, trips, and falls prevention. After completion of the workshop, participants significantly improved their knowledge of identification and reduction of slips, trips, and falls risk. When employers provide safety training programs, and employees practice safe work habits, knowledge of health risks may be increased.

Introduction: Second only to motor vehicle crashes, slips, trips, and falls account for about 15 percent of all accidental deaths at the workplace (Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 2007). A slip is defined as a loss of balance due to lack of friction between a foot and the walking surface. Slips are primarily caused by wet or oily surfaces, inclement weather, loose rugs or other flooring material, and worn walking surfaces (Department of Human Resource Management, n.d.). A trip occurs when workers loses their balance and fall because they encountered an obstacle. Trips are most commonly caused by poor lighting, clutter in the walkway, open doors, uneven walkways, or an obstructed view. Falls occur when workers lose their balance and fall down. Falls can occur when a worker is moving from a ledge, ladder, dock, or other equipment that is raised off the ground. The more environmental risks encountered, the more likely that the worker will experience slips, trips, or falls (Department of Human Resource Management, n.d.).

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