Watch your step: Slip and falls injure all kinds of people and businesses
Did you know that falls are a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S.?
More than 9 million people are seen by medical providers each year for slip and fall accidents and related injuries, and one-fifth of falls cause serious bodily harm like a broken bone or head injury. Sadly, most are preventable and could have been avoided with proper preparation and training.
During winter weather conditions, the stakes are even higher with wet floors and icy surfaces. Businesses can help prevent slip and falls on two fronts—for associates and customers.
Fall prevention for employees
Require associates to wear shoes or boots designed to provide traction on wet, slippery surfaces. Like other tools of the trade, slip resistant treads are vital equipment.
Take things slow
Encourage the use of slow, short steps to help people maintain their balance when walking on ice or other slippery footing. Carrying equipment or materials can be especially dangerous as it affects a person’s center of gravity.
Aim for three points of contact in the parking lot
Encourage employees to use their vehicles for support as they get in and out, making sure they have three points of contact as they shift their balance and tentatively test footing before exiting the vehicle
Fall prevention for customers
Fall prevention best practices for everyone
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