Slip, Trip & Fall Safety

Falls are the most common accident in agriculture. Falls of just 12 feet may be fatal. Many falls occur because of slips and trips, and can be avoided by wearing proper shoes and following safe work procedures.  Below are proper work practices regarding tools, equipment, and livestock; work surfaces; and ladders.

Tool, Equipment & Livestock Work Practices

If tools or other items are left on the work surface (instead of being stored), an employee may trip over them. Employers should instruct employees to promptly remove "loose" tools or other items that may cause a tripping hazard from equipment.

Agricultural equipment (e.g., tractors and combines) may require preventative maintenance. Employers should instruct employees, to the extent feasible, to perform such maintenance during the off-season. Trips and falls occur much more frequently when a person is in a hurry.

Workers who hitch equipment or feed livestock may be at risk of slips, trips, and falls when conditions are wet or muddy. Employers should therefore allow extra time to feed livestock and hitch equipment in muddy or wet conditions.

Safe Work Surface Work Practices

Steps that must be climbed to reach equipment may contain slippery or wet substances that can cause slips, trips, and falls. Employees should keep steps free of mud, ice, and snow buildup.

Dust and debris may accumulate on work surfaces, steps, and platforms, causing slips and falls. Employers should encourage employees to practice safety by routinely cleaning dust and debris from steps or platforms.

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