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High impact: slip, trip and fall (STF) prevention in health care workers.

Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-109, 2010 Oct; :1
Across the globe, falls are the second leading cause of accidental death and the third leading cause of disability. In the U.S., the health services sector is the largest private employer, with some 10 million workers. During 2002, this sector accounted for more injured workers than the construction and mining industry combined. STFs accounted for the largest proportion of lost time injuries to these health care workers and the incidence of these injuries in hospitals was considerably higher than in private industry. The large population of workers at risk and the frequent occurrence makes STF incidents a substantial problem for health care workers. An unprecedented, collaborative, cross-industry partnership between private sector and public sector U.S. hospitals, organized labor, private and public sector health and safety researchers, and international researchers with cooperation from manufacturers of footwear, flooring and floor wax was established during this project. The group conducted a descriptive analysis of six-years of historical STF incident surveillance data from the study hospitals to target intervention strategies; conducted case-crossover and case follow-back studies by telephone interviewing hospital employees who suffered a fall; conducted laboratory studies to evaluate the slipperiness of hospital flooring and shoes, tested with a range of contaminants and; incorporated the findings from the three companion studies along with on-site hazard assessments at the study hospitals to establish a 'best practices' STF injury prevention program.
Health-care-personnel; Fall-protection; Walking-surfaces; Occupational-accidents; Injuries; Mortality-data; Injury-prevention; Disabled-workers; Lost-work-days; Safety-research; Floors; Cleaning-compounds; Footwear; Health-care-facilities; Medical-facilities; Surface-properties; Surveillance-programs; Safety-engineering
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-109
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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