Slip, Trip & Fall Hazard Identification, Investigation, and Remediation at Surface Mining Facilities








October 22nd, 2019


10:30 am - 11:30 am 


Nevada 10


Company: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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Patrick G. Dempsey, Ph.D., CPE is Chief of the Workplace Health Branch of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Pittsburgh Mining Research Division. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. After 11 years in various roles at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, he joined NIOSH in December 2007. He previously served as Team Leader of the Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention Team. His health and safety interests include ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorder prevention, and the prevention of slip, trip and fall incidents.

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Slips, trips, and falls (STFs) continue to be one of the top causes of injuries in US mining operations. Many of these injuries occur in scenarios common to most mine sites. One defense against slips are safety boots. However, based on replacement schedules, it is possible that mine workers may wear boots beyond a period when they provide adequate protection. Slip, trip, and fall hazard identification and remediation are essential to ensuring a safe and productive workplace. This presentation will provide an overview of NIOSH research that was aimed at providing recommendations to prevent STF injuries.