Presentation on theme: "Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency room."— Presentation transcript:
Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency room each year. Todd Day Industrial Safety Coordinator James Madison University Department of Risk Management
Doorways Ramps Cluttered hallways Areas with heavy traffic Uneven surfaces Areas prone to wetness or spills Unguarded heights Unstable work surfaces Ladders Stairs
Clean up all spills immediately Stay off freshly mopped floors Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them from slipping Keep frequently used items in easily reachable areas Wear shoes with good support and slip-resistant soles Arrange furniture to provide open walking pathways Keep drawers and cabinet doors closed at all times Install handrails on all staircases on both sides Remove tripping hazards from stairs and walkways If you have young children, install gates at the top and bottom of stairs (unlatch the gate in order to pass – don’t climb over them) the gate in order to pass – don’t climb over them) Ensure adequate lighting both indoors and outdoors Remove debris from exterior walkways Adjust gutter downspouts to drive water away from pathways Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels
When moving large items, people should ensure their path is clear, and they should always watch where they are walking. If people watch their path of travel instead of talking on the cell phone or watching an aircraft in the sky, they are much more likely to make it to their destination without tripping, or worse, falling.
Hands on Rail is one of the most important rules to prevent falling. NEVR walk up or down a flight of stairs without a hand on the hand rail! Never walk up or down stairs carrying something that requires two hands and prevents you from holding onto the rail. This simple little rule can save your life!