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Trips are usually caused by taking shortcuts, poor lighting, and loose footing. They often happen when you're in a rush. You can prevent trips by thinking about where you are and where you're going.
Shortcuts: The more shortcuts you take, the greater the chance of tripping. Going off a walkway and cutting through a lawn or driveway to save time may cause you to trip. Carrying a load too big to see over and rushing are also common causes of trips.
Lighting and clutter hazards: You need proper lighting to maintain your balance and see ahead. Common lighting and clutter hazards include leaving the lights off and forgetting to replace burned-out bulbs. Leaving tools, boxes, or other items loose in your work area increases your chances of tripping over something.
The time a shortcut may save isn't worth an injury. To safely complete your tasks:
Take the pathway provided for pedestrians.
Make sure you can see where you're going.
Carry only loads that you can see over.
Your eyes can be your best tool against potential hazards. Be sure to:
Turn on the lights every time you enter a room.
Replace light bulbs when they burn out.
Replace damaged fixtures and cords.
Keep all work areas and walkways clear and uncluttered.