Enhancing Construction Safety:

A Crucial Step Towards Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

May 6, 2024 | Health & Safety

At Jordan Foster Construction, safety isn’t just a priority—it’s a culture. It’s about fostering an environment where every team member feels empowered to take proactive measures to mitigate risks and prioritize their safety and that of their colleagues. As we celebrate Construction Safety Week 2024, it’s imperative to shed light on one of the most prevalent and consequential hazards faced by construction workers as slips, trips, and falls account for two in five construction industry fatalities.

Investing in comprehensive safety training, we can equip our workforce with the skills and awareness they need to recognize and avoid hazards, whether navigating uneven terrain, working at heights, or traversing slippery surfaces.

Five Tips to Help Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls

1. Always Maintain Three Points of Contact
Maintain three points of contact when ascending or descending ladders, scaffolding, or other elevated surfaces is crucial to preventing falls.


2. Keep Work Areas Clean and Free of Debris
Keeping work areas clean and free of debris to prevent tripping hazards.


3. Wear Appropriate Footwear
Wearing appropriate footwear with slip-resistant soles provides traction on slippery surfaces.


4. Use Handrails and Guardrails
Using handrails and guardrails when working on elevated platforms or walkways provides stability.


5. Stay Vigilant and Alert
Staying vigilant and alert to potential hazards, such as uneven terrain, loose materials, or wet surfaces, is critical.


Communicating Hazards Helps Prevent Incidents

Effective communication through safety plans and specialized methods, like hand signals, is essential for maintaining a safe working environment. It is imperative that all personnel feel empowered to report any safety concerns to supervisors immediately, fostering a culture where safety is everyone’s responsibility.

As we collaborate with OSHA for National Safety Stand Downs during Construction Safety Week 2024, let us reiterate our commitment to cultivating a safety-conscious culture within the construction industry. Through ongoing education, comprehensive training, and unwavering adherence to safety protocols, we can work towards a future where slips, trips, and falls no longer pose significant risks to team members.