Slip And Fall

Slip and fall injuries for most of us are nothing more than a simple embarrassment, however a simple slip and fall could lead to a serious brain injury. The greatest risk of falling, in fact, is that you will hit your head on the way down. Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause in brain injury. Statistics report that approximately 35% of brain injuries are caused by falls. People slip on icy sidewalks and water spilled on the ground. They fall over a curb in a parking lot or their kids’ toys in the driveway. And household falls are extremely common, especially with the elderly—bathtubs, loose rugs, and stairs are accidents waiting to happen.

More than eight million people are injured from slip and fall accidents each year, and thousands die from falls. It’s a leading cause of death in the senior population. Tripping, slipping, and falling cause different kinds of damage, from broken bones and cuts to sprained muscles and back and head injuries—some minor, some more severe.

Among the conditions that can lead to slips and falls are:

  • Ice
  • Water
  • Grease
  • Loose carpets
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Debris
  • Cords
  • Stairs

The best way to prevent a slip and fall accident is through precaution and awareness. Around the home, keep surfaces smooth and free of potential problems such as clutter. Be aware of potential hazards before they become the cause of accidents. Make everyone in the household aware of the critical areas such as stairs, bathtubs, gardens, kitchen and garage. Check that you have adequate indoor and outdoor lighting. Have everyone participate in a monthly safety check of home and property.

On the street be cautious when weather conditions make walking dangerous during rain, snow, or strong winds. In public places like restaurants, grocery stores, or retail establishments, watch out for wet floors or items that may have dropped, like that banana peel or a simple napkin. Literally anything out of place can be a potential hazard.

Be alert for high curbs in parking lots, uneven areas of sidewalks, and loose rugs. These are common traps waiting to cause a slip and fall accident to anyone who doesn’t keep focused on where they are and what they’re doing. Always hold onto the handrail when climbing or descending stairs since the higher the distance of the fall, the more severe damage it caused.

Although it’s difficult to predict when an object will fall, thousands of people do get injured each year by things falling, whether off the shelf at a store or out someone’s window—on purpose or by accident. Certain jobs can also be dangerous for slip and fall accidents, so always be conscious of safety in your work environment.