Whether you’re using your cell phone or reading a document off the printer, you can miss hazards such as surface and elevation changes. These are very common contributing factors to injuries and near-misses for employees.
What Employers Can Do
In the spirit of keeping your coworkers safe, please intervene. It can be as simple as saying, “Please be careful!” It’s a helpful way to show you care about your coworker’s safety. Also, don’t forget to set a good example by refraining from distracted walking yourself.
To ensure your safety, review the following tips to avoid slips, trips and falls:
- Walking is working, so avoid walking distracted and stay focused on your surroundings
- Apply the “be here now” concept when walking to recognize and avoid distractions
- Wear shoes that are slip-resistant and that provide support to the ankle
- Don’t carry too much – you need your arms to maintain balance and stability
- Take your time and don’t rush – we can wait an extra minute for your safety
Reason for Concern
Due in part to distracted walking, distracted cycling and distracted driving, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Governors Highway Safety Association report:
- Pedestrian fatalities jumped 12.7%
- Fatalities involving cyclists increased by 2%
- In the first half of the year, the number of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles increased from 2,232 to 2,368
- GHSA projected a 10% increase in pedestrian deaths for the entire year