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Document ID (ISN)73433
CIS number 99-1341
ISSN - Serial title 0014-0139 - Ergonomics
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bentley T.A., Haslam R.A.
Title Slip, trip and fall accidents occurring during the delivery of mail
Bibliographic information Dec. 1998, Vol.41, No.12, p.1859-1872. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract Data on 1,734 fall cases during the delivery of mail were analysed. The most common initiating events were slips and trips. Slips most often occurred on snow, ice or grass, while trips tended to involve uneven pavements, obstacles and kerbs. Nearly one-fifth of falls occurred on steps, with step falls requiring longer absence from work than falls on the level. Half of all falls occurred during November-February and three-quarters of falls occurred between 7 and 9 a.m. Incidence rates for female employees were 50% higher than for their male colleagues. Further investigations provided data on risk factors related to task, behaviour, footwear and equipment. It is suggested that unsafe working practices, such as reading addresses while walking and taking shortcuts, increase the risk of falls. Organizational issues include management safety activities, training and equipment provision. Topics: analysis of accident causes; causes of accidents; falls on the level; information of personnel; postal services; questionnaire survey; risk factors; sex-linked differences; time of accident; unsafe practices.
Descriptors (primary) postal services; causes of accidents; falls on the level
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; questionnaire survey; unsafe practices; information of personnel; risk factors; sex-linked differences; time of accident
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Materials handling and storage
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Communications industry