This article was first published by AC Business Media, and is republished here with express written permission of the editors. © 2020 AC Business Media.

By Amy Wunderlin

Slips, trips and falls account for the majority of all workplace accidents. During the winter months, these types of accidents are even more prevalent due to more muddy, wet and icy walking and working surfaces, according to a recent safety bulletin from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA).

There are four main factors that contribute to slips, trips and falls in the construction industry, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). They include:

  1. Workers
  2. Machines/equipment
  3. Work environments
  4. Management

“Workers may be prone to slip, trip and fall hazards by not properly using equipment, fatigue, risk-taking behavior and/or inadequate training,” ASSE notes in the article, Slips, Trips & Falls in Construction & Mining: Causes & Controls.

The article goes on to explain that machine factors that contribute to slip, trip and fall hazards include improperly designed machines, missing components or machines that are not maintained properly.

Environmental factors mentioned in the article include wintery conditions such as snow, ice, wind, as well as factors such as poor lighting.

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(Source: Wunderlin, Amy. “How to Prevent Winter Weather Slips, Trips and Falls.” For Construction Pros, AC Business Media, 27 Jan. 2020,

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