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According to the U. S. Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry mishaps. This particular category of mishaps causes 15 percent of all accidental deaths and is second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.

Likewise in covered state agencies, slips, trips, and falls are among the most frequent type of reported injuries and have so far averaged approximately 25 percent of reported claims in any given fiscal year. Based on indepth investigations and detailed analysis of reported claims, many of them could have been prevented. In this presentation, we will discuss the circumstances surrounding these types of mishaps and recommend preventive practices to reduce or significantly mitigate the number and seriousness of injuries from slips, trips, and falls.
   - Posters
   - Risk-Tex article

A. Same level
    1. Housekeeping
    2. Wet or slipperty surfaces
    3. Obstacles in walkways
    4. Lighting
    5. Footwear
    6. Individual behavior

B. Different level
    1. Uneven surfaces
    2. Stairs
    3. Ladders
    4. Docks/ramps
    5. Powered industrial lifts

pie graph showing injuries reported by covered State of Texas agencies for FY 2003-2005

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