Based on incident data collected by the Environmental Health and Safety department, and the workers compensation data, falls are the most prominent injury in both employees and new employees. To work towards minimizing this pattern, several steps have been taken. One major initiative aimed at reducing employee slips, trips, and falls was adopting the Shoes for Crews program.
Additionally, WKU has taken several additional actions aimed at fall prevention on campus. To address and reduce slip trip and fall injuries as a whole, the University implemented other control measures that have included a campus-wide lighting improvement project, teaming with Planning, Design, and Construction, along with the Department of Facilities Management to form a sidewalk improvement program. Locations of slip, trip and fall injuries are tracked and mapped on a GIS system through PDC to locate problematic areas and to justify sidewalk and ground repairs. While conducting routine campus beautification, Facilities Management Grounds personnel are constantly monitoring areas that could potentially pose a slip trip, or fall hazard. Once identified, problem areas are submitted into a work order database, assigned for repair and tracked for closure. In an additional effort to help curb these type injuries, each employee receives a new hire safety orientation that includes slip, trip, and fall prevention training. Periodic safety talks are given by the employing department as an on-going means to assist in reducing such injuries.
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