1 month ago
August 14, 2014
By Elaine Fischer
It can happen in an instant in any workplace or occupation. You’re walking along just thinking about things you need to do or places to be (or worse, looking at your phone) and suddenly you slip, trip or fall.
If you’re lucky, you get up, brush off and go on your way.
Or you might pull a Pee Wee Herman — get up, look around and say, “I meant to do that!”
If you’re not so lucky, you might suffer a sprain or strain, broken bones, a head injury or other serious injury.
We know you wouldn’t mean to do that, but it happens all the time. Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of serious injuries and worker hospitalizations in Washington State. And sadly, a number of workers die each year from a fall or complications of their injuries. Others are left permanently disabled.
That’s why L&I started the Eye on Safety video campaign – to raise awareness of slips, trips and falls.
At EyeOnSafety.info, you’ll find 1-minute video shorts that raise awareness about everyday safety hazards. These and many other online videos are great for safety meetings, tool-box talks or safety training in any workplace.
They’re free and available 24/7. Check out this great resource soon. New videos are added regularly, so visit often.
And now that we brought it up, you’re probably thinking about that famous Pee Wee Herman scene, so here it is: I meant to do that!