Investing in slip, trip, and fall prevention is a simple, inexpensive way to protect your profit margins. Not convinced? Review these five slip, trip, and fall statistics before you decide:
Driver Injury Statistics: Slips, Trips, and FallsIf your fleet doesn’t have a slip, trip, and fall prevention program, you’re basically handing insurance companies and lawyers a blank check.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Stats Every Fleet Manager Should Consider:
- Slip and fall incidents are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims
- 22% of slip/fall incidents result in more than a month away from work
- The average cost of a slip, trip, or fall injury is $40,000 per incident
- 60% of elevated falls occur from less than 10 feet (i.e. a lift gate or loading dock)
- Fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand are the most common slip and fall injuries
6 Ways Slips, Trips, and Falls Cost Big $$$
1. Light duty for the driver
The costs associated with a slip, trip, or fall can quickly add up, and we're not just talking medical expenses. You can't have an idle vehicle, so you either hire a replacement driver or pay an existing driver overtime. Workers’ comp claims are common (see stat #1 above), and incidents can frequently (d)evolve into lawsuits. Doctors and lawyers together are an expensive combination.
Though OSHA doesn’t require formal training on how to avoid slips, trips, and falls, employers are required to, “explain to your employees what is expected of them to prevent accidents,” and “train employees to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions.” A wise manager will document these training activities.
- According to the BLS, 61% of delivery truck driver slip trip, or fall injuries occur on a floor, walkway, or same-level ground surface. Only 7% are associated with ice, sleet, or snow.
- NFSI, a safety nonprofit, reports 85% of worker’s compensation claims result from a slip on slick floors, and EHS Today reports, floor safety issues cause more than half of slip, trip, or fall injuries.
Clearly, the answer is to eliminate slippery floors. Put carpet everywhere, problem solved. <--- That's called sarcasm.
What's the real root cause of slip and fall injuries?
As any experienced fleet manager knows, rushing and distraction are the root cause of most driver injuries. The best way to prevent incidents is by reinforcing safe habits, for example:
- Send weekly or monthly safety reminders to drivers via text, email, or via your fleet's driver portal.
- Affix a decal on the inside or the outside of the cab showing a figure using three points of contact.
- Schedule periodic load-outs where supervisors can observe loading activities
Free Guide to Injury Prevention
Learn how to prevent the most common out-of-vehicle injuries (even if you have no budget for training). Our free guide covers:
- How to prevent out-of-vehicle injuries
- Nine hidden injury costs you probably aren’t accounting for
- Simple actions you can take right now to reduce driver injuries
If your time is at a premium, ITI has a turnkey solution for you. Our online driver safety training teaches your team members how to avoid the most common injuries and documents their training.
Assign lessons in just a few clicks; drivers can improve their safety skills anywhere they have an internet connection. Short lessons (30 minutes on average) can be accessed via computer, tablet, or using our free driver training mobile app.
Protect Your Drivers and Your Profit Margins
Leading fleets such as Freymiller, Pilot Flying J, Frito-Lay, and Shaw Flooring choose ITI to protect their drivers and their bottom line. ITI offers more than 150 online driver safety training courses on essential safety topics including: defensive driving, intersection safety, and how to avoid slips, trips, and falls. Choose a program specific to your needs:
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Learn how online safety training can simplify injury prevention and improve your fleet’s safety record. Connect with a training consultant online or by phone (360-576-5976 option 4) to learn more about ITI's training plans.