Safety Tips: Slips, Trips and Falls

March 26, 2018

Sustained Quality Group takes the safety of its customers and employees seriously. "Safety First. Safety Always" starts with education. This article is the first of a series on safety tips.

 

Walking safety is easy to take for granted. The reminders below are for your safety and the ones around you. 

 

Prevention:

  • Wear proper foot gear

  • Take smaller steps when walking

  • Walk slowly and never run on icy ground

  • Keep both hands free for balance rather than in your pockets

  • Use handrails from start to finish

  • Avoid carrying loads; carry a backpack if you have one

  • Keep your eyes on where you are going

  • Test potentially slick areas by tapping or sliding your foot on them

  • Step, don’t jump from vehicles or equipment

  • Watch out for black ice; a thin nearly invisible coating of ice

 

Safe winter walking:

  • Plan ahead; give yourself sufficient time and plan your route

  • Walk in designated walkways as much as possible

  • If a walkway is completely covered with ice, try to travel along its grassy edge for traction

  • Don’t take shortcuts over snow piles and in areas where snow and ice removal isn’t feasible

  • Avoid steps or curbs with ice on them

 

When given no choice but to walk on ice, consider the following:

  • Take short steps or shuffle for stability

  • Bend slightly, walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible

  • Be prepared to fall

  • Roll with the fall if you begin to fall forward

  • Sit down if you begin to fall backward

  • Relax as much as possible when you begin to fall

  • Bend your back and head forward so you won’t slam your head on the pavement as your feet shoot out from under you

  • Toss the load you are carrying; protect yourself instead of the objects being carried

 

Last, but not least, when entering buildings, remove snow and water from footwear to prevent wet slippery conditions indoors.

 

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