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June 15, 2012

Safety Tip: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Falls result in more than 8.7 million emergency room visits each year in the United States. But most falls are preventable. The National Safety Council encourages you to find fall hazards in your workplace and home to prevent injuries and keep others safe around the clock. Here's how:
Wet Floor safety sign
  • Keep floors and stairs clean and clear of clutter
  • Maintain good lighting both indoors and on outdoor walkways
  • Use non-skid mats in potentially slippery places, like bathrooms
  • Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas
  • Install handrails on stairways, including porches
  • Use a sturdy step stool when climbing or reaching for high places
  • Never stand on a chair, table or surface on wheels
  • Arrange furniture to provide open pathways to walk through
  • Wear sensible footwear
  • Periodically check the condition of outdoor walkways and steps and repair as necessary
  • Remove fallen leaves or snow from outdoor walkways
  • Be aware that alcohol or other drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicine, can affect your balance and increase risk of falling.
  • To identify hazardous areas:
    • Conduct floor safety audits
    • Review incident reports to identify and eliminate hazards 
    • Identify liquid storage areas and keep spill materials handy
    • Ask employees where floors are rough or uneven
    • Ask vendors for advice, especially floor care services
    • Ask your insurance carrier for a slip/trip/fall checklist

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