Walk "defensively" to avoid slips, trips & falls

According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls cause about 15 percent of all accidents - nearly 75 percent of which occur while walking on common surfaces like floors, stairs and sidewalks. Winter months are particularly hazardous due to the presence of snow and ice. Hazards can be reduced by using grille-type flooring by entry-ways so snow and water fall through, shoveling snow promptly, following the manufacturer's directions in applying compounds to melt ice and snow and using door mats or rubber runners inside doorways to prevent slips.

Everyone can help reduce slips, trips and falls year-round by following these "defensive walking" tips:

  • If you drop something, pick it up.
  • If you spill something, clean it up.
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Scan ahead for potential hazards.
  • Wear appropriate shoes.
  • Limit the load you are carrying so that you can see where you are going.
  • Maintain three points of contact on stairs and ramps by using a handrail.
  • Assist others.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain strength, flexibility and balance.


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