Always wear appropriate eye and ear protection when working with a pressure washer; if possible, a face shield should be used.
Every year falls kill about 13,000 people. Over half those fatalities occur at the home; the rest, at work or in public places. And on top of that, every year about 14 million others are injured enough to receive medical care. Most of these accidents are not dramatic “fall off a bridge” kinds of incidents. Most of the falls that injure people result from slips and trips that happen at or near floor level.
Common causes of slips, trips, and falls:
- Tile and vinyl flooring, wet or waxed.
- Carpets or rugs that aren’t fastened down.
- Bathtub and shower surfaces.
- Icy patches on flat and sloped surfaces.
- Oily or greasy spots.
- Changes that occur to familiar walking surfaces.
- Wear good shoes with non-skid soles. The lower the profile, the better. High heels and leather heels are dangerous.
- Use a ladder, not a stack of boxes or a swivel chair to reach high places. Know how to use ladders safely.
- Allow yourself plenty of time to get places so you won’t have to hurry.
- Be alert. Watch where you are going and what you are doing. Anticipate slippery and difficult conditions, such as:
- Slippery linoleum, tile, or wood flooring
- Rugs that aren’t fastened down
- Bathtub and shower surfaces
- Wet, icy, oily, and greasy surfaces
- Poor housekeeping
- Crowded storage areas
- Poorly lit staircases
- Furniture placed in odd positions
- Electrical cords not positioned securely
- Toys and other items on floors and steps