Employee injuries from slipping, tripping and/or falling in the home healthcare setting are generally the first or second most frequent type of employee injury for the typical home healthcare operation. These incidents may be very costly and result in serious injury to the employee. Although they are preventable in some circumstances, it may be more difficult to implement normal controls because the injuries occur in clients’ homes. The circumstances or conditions may change frequently and the control over hazards encountered is more difficult within clients’ homes. There are some basic risk factors to consider when addressing employee slip, trip and fall exposures in the home setting. If employees are trained to recognize these factors, they may have the potential to help prevent slips, trips and falls while working.
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