March 15, 2017
Don't underestimate the risks!
It’s very easy to underestimate the danger of these simple, common hazards. Yet slips and falls are responsible for thousands of injuries and compensation claims every year and can cause long-term pain and suffering.
While the statistics are daunting, the good news is that that this type of injury is highly preventable. Slips, trips and falls can be easily avoided, simply by following some basic, common-sense safety procedures. The risks of injury are as high at home as they are at work, so preventing slips and falls is everyone’s business.
Slips happen when there is not enough friction between your foot and the walking surface, causing you to lose your balance. Common causes of slips include:
However, slips are most often caused by a sudden change in surface conditions. As your footing becomes less secure, you make split second balance adjustments, which may lead to injuries and falls.
You’re more likely to slip when you step from:
Icy surfaces are an obvious risk, but what about the snow and ice you track inside on your shoes? Pools of water on the floor can be as dangerous as any ice patch. The little things you forget, like mopping up a wet floor, often cause the biggest hazards.
So what can one do about it?
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