December is notorious for an increase in the amounts of slips, trips, and falling due to more ice, in fact, there were a total of 42,480 workplace injuries and illnesses involving ice, sleet or snow that required at least one day away from work to recuperate. This is a large statistic for something you would probably never expect to be severe, however, slips, trips, and falls due to snow and ice fall under the classification of “traumatic injuries.” Traumatic injuries range from minor bruises, cuts and abrasions to serious bone fractures, spinal cord damage, and concussions.
How to Avoid Slipping, Tripping, and Falling
Slipping, tripping, and falling are common occurrences this time of the year. Make sure to pay attention to hazards that can cause these to prevent injuries. Recognize the hazards at your work and at home. Avoid hazards by walking around them, and make the hazard clear to others so no one else gets hurt. Correct the hazard yourself if you are able to, but if not, be sure to report the hazard to someone who can correct it to limit injuries of yourself and others.
Below are a few tips to help avoid slipping, tripping, and falling…
Avoid carrying heavy objects
Avoid walking on ice
Pay careful attention on unlevel surfaces
Keep one hand free for better balance
Wear slip resistant shoes
Free 2018 Slipping, Tripping, and Falling Brochure
Tips on avoiding slipping, tripping, and falling make seem like common sense but it can be rather serious. Staying vigilant throughout the winter season will make it smoother and more enjoyable. Spreading awareness about how to prevent slipping, tripping, and falling will make the colder winter months more enjoyable because you’ll have the chance to cozy up in a warm blanket at home rather than on a hospital bed.
As part of our monthly awareness campaign, our Patient Engagement Communication team has designed a FREE 2018 Slipping, Tripping, and Falling Brochure. Click the button below, fill out a quick form, download the brochure, and share it with all of your patients.