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Monday, June 3, 2013

What are some common locations for falls? Plus, fall prevention tips!

It's week 1 of National Safety Month, and the theme for this week is "Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls."

Some common locations for falls include:

  • Doorways
  • Ramps
  • Cluttered hallways
  • Areas with heavy traffic
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Areas prone to wetness or spills
  • Unguarded heights
  • Unstable work surfaces
  • Ladders
  • Stairs

Fall prevention tips from the National Safety Council (NSC) include:

  • Keeping floors clean and clear of clutter.
  • Maintaining good lighting both indoors and on outdoor walkways.
  • Installing handrails on all stairways.
  • Using a sturdy stepstool when climbing or reaching for high places.
  • Wearing sensible footwear.
  • Never standing on a chair, table or surface on wheels.
  • Arranging furniture to provide open pathways to walk through.
  • Periodically checking the condition of outdoor walkways and steps and repairing as necessary.
  • Removing fallen leaves or snow from outdoor walkways.
  • Being aware that alcohol or drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicine, can affect your balance and increase your risk of falling.
  • Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them from slipping.
  • Remove tripping hazards (paper, boxes, toys, clothes, shoes) from stairs and walkways.
  • Clean up all spills immediately.
Visit the NSC website for a downloadable fact sheet on slips, trips, and falls.

Why do we care about slips, trips, and falls?

  1. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.
  2. Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, (~8.9 million visits to the emergency department annually).
  3. Falls are (for the most part) preventable.    

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