COUNTY AG NEWS

es increased exposure to slippery footing. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 54.2 thousand nonfatal injuries occurred in the farm and forestry industry in 2016.

Slips, trips, or falls account for a significant portion of nonfatal injuries. In Wisconsin, a total of 21,840 nonfatal injuries occurred in 2015. Slips, trips, and falls accounted for 26 percent of the total nonfatal injuries in 2015. According to the National Safety Council, only motor vehicle incidents cause more worker injuries.

These types of incidents are largely preventable, but winter can increase the number of slippery surfaces that lead to injuries. There are several steps that you can take to reduce the chance of a slip, trip, or fall.

•Identify slip and trip hazards, then eliminate hazards if possible.

•If hazards can’t be eliminated, come up with ways to limit exposure to the hazard.

•If a hazard can’t be limited, then training awareness of that hazard is the next step.

•Finally, if all of the previous steps don’t eliminate the hazard, personal protective equipment may be required.

To reduce your chance of slipping on ice, try to prevent ice from forming on commonly used areas. This may include ensuring that rain gutters and downspouts are free from debris which limits the function of these items.

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