Slips, trips and falls are a common workplace injury, especially when mounting or dismounting vehicles and other types of industrial equipment. Poor weather, slippery steps and handles, rough terrain or even a simple miscalculation are likely to increase the risk of falls even more. Many people injure their ankles, knees, arms or back from falls and a severe one could even be fatal. However, you can help reduce this type of injury by using this simple, effective, three-point technique.
What is the three-point technique?
The three-point technique means keeping at least three points of contact with the vehicle or equipment at all times. The three points of contact are limbs – hands and feet, so the three points of contact can be both feet and a hand, or both hands and a foot. By keeping three points of contact, it keeps the maximum amount of support and stability possible, significantly reducing the likelihood of slips and falls. To use this technique you will need to face the equipment, so it means there can be no sliding in or out of seats or jumping off equipment.
Other steps to prevent mounting/dismounting injuries
Although the three-point technique is the most important rule for mounting/dismounting a vehicle or piece of equipment, there are more ways to lower risks even further.
Employers can do these things:
Workers can do these things:
Habits can be difficult to break, but following the three-point technique and applying these general safety tips will reduce the likelihood of slips and falls.