According to National Floor Safety Institute, some of the Slip and fall accident injury are fractures esp. hip fracture (5%) that could lead to spinal cord and brain injury. Trip and Falls account for the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older (NFSI).
Generally, “falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits or 12% of total falls.” Therefore, isn’t the slip and fall accident and injury prevention – the better route our safe society (NFSI)?
Trip and fall accidents and injury not only affects workplace injury and elderly injury but it also affects truck drivers injury according to the American Trucking Association. The analysis of data shows that slips and falls are the leading cause of compensable injury in the trucking industry (NFSI). Slip and fall are second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of fatalities each year.
The Walk Zone Safety Report which is a 6-page report from PIG that investigates that costly slip and fall risks remain underestimated; organizations underprepared.
Key points on Slip and Fall Accident and Injury from New Pig survey are as below:
- Risk Zones for Slip and Fall:
46 percent of respondents believe there are only zero to three same-level fall risk areas in their facility in contrast to the survey which revealed that more than 10 different locations to be as common fall locations.
- Risk Zones for Slip and Fall accidents not fully identified:
Ninety-two percent of organizations place floor mats in entranceways whereas nine of the other most dangerous risk zones go uncovered by the majority of organizations.
- Slip and fall Solution that should Protect you is instead Injuring you:
Approximately, 15 percent of organizations reported that defective floor mats – wrinkled, bunched-up, or shifting rubber-backed floor mats instead cause injuries to the people walking on them.
- Customer walkways are under covered with safety floor mats: Approx. 31 percent in the group of the survey reported having floor mats in customer walkways despite one in four (24 percent) experienced falls in those areas.
Dan Silver who is the New Pig’s vice president of product development said, “This survey was a real eye-opener for us,”
“We learned from some really dedicated people that protecting employees or customers requires a change of mindset from a narrow location-specific view to a more holistic, entire-facility view of floor safety. Terms like ‘walkway audit’ and ‘safety planogram’ need to become part of their regular vocabulary. Great solutions are out there to dramatically reduce slip and fall risks.”
(Occupational Health & Safety)
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Best Practices for addressing high-risk zones and ensuring floor safety to avoid Personal Injuries :
- IDENTIFY AND FIX PROBLEM AREAS
- FORTIFY ENTRANCES
- CLEAN UP SPILLS IMMEDIATELY
- DOWNTIME CLEANING AUDIT WALKWAYS
- AUDIT WALKWAYS CLEAR OUTDOOR ICE AND SNOW
- CLEAR OUTDOOR ICE AND SNOW
- PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
Bhurtel Law Firm on Slip and Fall Accidents
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