Falls in the workplace are one of the leading causes of occupational injuries and fatalities. Falls can occur while walking, ascending/descending stairs, working from ladders, and/or elevated locations. In addition to the potential severity of injuries, costs associated with falls can be staggering. To address falls at UNH, OEHS has developed a Fall Protection Program.
- Floors should be maintained in a clean and so far as possible, a dry condition. Materials dropped on the floor should be picked up immediately to assist in maintaining a safe environment for all.
- Observe and be aware of your surroundings as you navigate your way throughout campus. Whether inside a building or out, there are many locations where stairs, ramps, sidewalks, curbing, and/or uneven surfaces are present. Take a few moments to scan the area you will be walking on, make sure you have appropriate footwear for the tasks you will be required to perform, and focus on walking and not reading or texting.
- We all know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, which is true unless there is a hazard that can injure us on that straight line. Especially here in New England where ice and snow can create hazardous walking conditions. Take the extra time to walk around slippery/hazardous areas.
- Covers and guardrails shall be provided to protect from open pits, tanks, elevated walkways, etc…
- Those working in elevated locations shall utilize the appropriate fall protection systems in conjunction with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards and as outlined in the UNH Fall Protection Program.
Questions regarding fall hazards and the development of appropriate controls should be directed to the Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator.
Occupational Safety Coordinator
Occupational Health and Safety Specialist