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Slips or Trips & Falls – Oh my!

Did you know there’s a difference between slips and trips that result in a fall? We will describe each occurrence and how to avoid them.

Slips happen when there is not enough friction (or traction) between your feet and the surface in which you are walking on.  Wet or oily floors from a spill or loose mats can cause a serious slip as well as weather hazards.

To prevent slips, here are a few suggestions:

  • Immediately clean up any substance that spills. If it cannot be cleaned up right away use a “wet floor” warning sign
  • Have salt on hand for freezing weather
  • All mats have a no slip backing

A trip is when your foot strikes an object while you are moving causing you to lose your balance.  Trips can happen at the workplace, in a store and at home when someone thing is in a walkway, poor lighting or even a wrinkle in the carpet.

Here are a few suggestions to prevent trips:

  • Arrange furniture and equipment to keep walkways free
  • Keep drawers (kitchen, bath, file cabinets) closed when not in use
  • Exposed cords or cables should be covered in walkways
  • Promptly replace burnt-out light bulbs
  • Walk at a pace appropriate for your surroundings

After tripping or slipping, a fall can occur. This is when your body moves too far from your center of gravity.

Here are a few suggestions on how to prevent Slips/Trips & Falls

  • Wear comfortable, properly fitting shoes
  • Use hand railings when available
  • Do not carry loads you cannot see over
  • Keep pathways and hallways free of clutter

If you have a slip, trip and fall case give Tad Morlan a call for a free consultation!

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