Trips and falls have happened to the best of us. From a momentary lapse of attention to the loud thud when your body hits the ground, everything is a blur when you’re experiencing a fall and slip accident. However, there is nothing blurry about the pain that follows such accidents.
Trip and fall accidents can lead to a number of regrettable events ranging from a serious injury to the shin to bruises and abrasions over the skin. According to the United States Department of Labor, slips, and trips make for a majority of all general industry accidents. These accidents lead to:
- 15 percent of all deaths per year
- More than 25 percent of all injury claims in an year
- More than 95 million days of work lost per year
In general fall and slip accidents, the primary cause is the loss of traction between the walking surface and the shoe. This loss of traction eventually leads to a fall and subsequent injuries. Floors that are often slippery due to spills or cleaning can be a leading cause for such accidents, including uneven payments as well.
Some of the tips that our readers can follow to prevent fall and slip accidents at home and at their workplace include:
Follow Good Housekeeping Practices
Good housekeeping is critical for limiting the cases of fall and slip accidents. If a facility has poor housekeeping techniques, where the floor isn’t cleaned and maintained in a routine manner, it will lead to a significant increase in slip accidents.
An organization that has clean and well organized facilities will see a decrease in slip and fall accidents, while another organization with poor facilities will see an increase in them.
Reduce Wet or Slipper Surfaces
Wet and slippery surfaces should be reduced to ensure as few chances of slip and fall accidents as possible. These injuries usually occur in the following areas:
- Parking lots
- Sidewalks (or lack thereof)
- Food preparation areas
- Shower stalls in residential dorms
- Floors in general
Avoiding slippage in these areas can reduce such falls.
Wear Proper Shoes
Finally, it is up to the person themselves to prioritize their safety by wearing proper shoes. The shoes we wear play an integral role in minimizing the chances of slip and fall accidents. Make sure that you’re wearing proper shoes without any chances of slipping.
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03 May 2021
03 May 2021
03 May 2021