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Trips and Falls: Walking On Uneven Ground

When working outdoors, a slip, trip, or fall can occur at any time, in any weather. Although it might look funny, when someone falls, it can cause serious injuries. Being aware of outdoor hazards can help prevent you from being caught off guard.

Uneven areas:

  • Grass lay down yards 
  • Ditches
  • Gravel parking lots
  • Uneven lanes
  • Getting on and off equipment/ trailers
Ways to prevent:

The key to avoiding slips, trips, and falls is to be aware of your surroundings, especially the ground beneath your feet. When parking equipment in the laydown yard for the night, inspect the area and locate any hazards that might cause someone to fall and injure themselves. Another critical thing to remember is that our industry requires us always to be alert and not rush, so you should work with care and take your time. Most slips, trips, and falls happen when we stop paying attention and rush.

Getting on and off equipment:

Paving a road or producing material requires the use of several pieces of equipment. Some are closer to the ground, and some are higher, but they can all injure us. Always be cautious when entering or exiting equipment. If you've been sitting all day, your muscles tend to get cold and tight so before you get off and walk on uneven ground, stretch and move your legs. The most important thing to remember when entering or exiting equipment is always to maintain three points of contact to ensure you are balanced and won't fall.

Things to remember:

  • Always stay alert 
  • Work with care
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Three points of contact when entering/ exiting equipment 
  • Look out for your fellow workers

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