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Slip Simulator Training Fact Sheet
Slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips and falls account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. According to the 2006 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the annual direct cost of disabling occupational injuries due to slips, trips and falls is estimated to exceed $11 billion including an average cost to employers of $28,000 and results in an average of 31 days away from work. The Index reports that falls on the same level are the second most costly occupational injury (estimated annual cost of $6.7 billion), just behind overexertion. HAMMER provides proven effective training in the considerations and proper walking techniques where slipping is a risk.
Use of a Slip Simulator can reduce the occurrence of slips and falls by up to 70 percent by teaching students proper techniques for walking on slippery surfaces. After instruction the student is provided the opportunity to safely practice on an engineered surface with appropriate fall protection. The student practices walking techniques to avoid falls and learns to catch him or herself. Students experience the consequences in a controlled environment, where they cannot get hurt. The training goal is to reduce injuries and accidents.
HAMMER Hanford Training classes are available to DOE and DOE-affiliated entities including Hanford contractors and their subcontractors.