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It doesn't take a great height to fall from to become seriously injured. 70% of all falls result from levels of 10 feet or less and more than half are from less then 7 feet.Even on level ground, falls occur twice as often as falls from heights, with the majority of falls caused by a person's feet slipping out from beneath their upper bodies. Slipping and tripping hazards can be found on any surface, rough or smooth, as well as on littered decks, around exposed rigging and lines, loose hatch covers, or anything else that protrudes into a walkway.In cost to society and business the numbers are staggering. If we base the figures on a human capital approach the lifetime cost of injuries due to falls in the United States are estimated at over $37.5 billion! As you can see these often preventable accidents are hurting everyone.You have all heard of instances of Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Offshore Oil Industry. They happen suddenly, are unexpected and can lead to permanent injuries. With so much at stake it is truely in your best interest to know exactly how a slip, trip, or fall can strike most anyone at anytime.Slips are associated with a low coefficient of friction meaning that if a rough neck is working on the drill floor and slips and steps on some loose mud the result may be his feet skidding out from underneath and his upper body being left behind.Trips are caused by an object or uneven surface stopping the foot and lower body, below the knee, while momentum continues to carry the upper body forward, or back, leaving it to fight the forces of gravity as it is no longer supported by the legs. It is usually caused by objects at ankle level or below.