Slips, Trips, and Falls

Falls are consistently the leading cause of injury-producing accidents. They account for more than 1 million injuries each year in the United States.

Consider the following:

·         Each year, some 21,000 Americans die as a result of falls. That’s more than from electrocution, drowning, and firearms incidents combined.

·         Falls carry an astronomical price tag of between $60 billion and $80 billion each year. That includes litigation, insurance and comp claims, medical costs, and other indirect costs.

·         Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, with more than 2 million Americans entering the ER each year as a result.

·         Every hour, falls are responsible for one death and 183 emergency room visits.

·         There’s nothing new about the prevalence of workplace falls. As far back as 1937, National Safety Council records reveal that falls caused more lost time than any other class of compensable occupational accidents.

Slips, Trips, and Falls Checklist

Each year thousands of people are inured as a result of slip and fall incidents. Slip and fall injuries occur for many reasons. However, you can reduce the likelihood of a slip and fall incident. The following list is a tool to assist you with your premises evaluations.

Exterior

  • Parking lot is in good repair.
  • Curbs are flush with sidewalks.
  • Sidewalks are level and obstruction free.
  • Water drains away from sidewalks/parking areas.
  • Sidewalks and parking areas are well illuminated.
  • Changes in exterior surface levels/elevations are marked.
  • Snow and ice removed; surfaces treated (seasonal only).
  • Stairsteps have a non-slip surface.
  • Stairwells are illuminated, clean, and unobstructed.
  • Handrails are present, tight, and in good condition.

Interior

  • Public areas are clean, well illuminated, and unobstructed.
  • Carpeting is tight, smooth, and free of tears and rips.
  • Doormats are flat, slip-resistant, and clean.
  • Mats absorb tracked-in moisture.
  • Stairwells are illuminated, clean, and unobstructed.
  • Handrails are present, tight, and in good condition.
  • Changes in interior floor level elevation are marked.
  • Emergency lighting is operational.
  • Emergency phone numbers clearly are posted.
  • Trash is regularly removed.

General

  • Make regular surveys of the property.
  • Follow up promptly on items needing corrective action.
  • Record completed work.
  • Train staff to identify, mark, and report potential hazards for prompt follow up.
  • Train staff to contact emergency phone numbers and to assist injured parties.

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