By Amy Nelson, Communications Specialist, WCF Insurance
Slips, trips, and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths, second only to automobile fatalities.
There are a lot of things you can do to prevent these types of accidents. Prevention measures include cleaning up spills immediately, not carrying packages that obstruct your view, and always using a ladder to reach a high object.
An easy way to stay on your feet is to remember to WALK SAFE:
Walk like a penguin
Keep floors clean
Avoid tripping hazards
Eyes on pathway
PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING! This is among the most common causes of injuries, and is the easiest to correct. Do not text, email or go online while walking to and from work.
At WCF, the Walk Safe Program is designed to assist you in preventing slip, trip, and fall injuries. The program guide has sections on hazards and provides tips to control the hazard as well as train employees. The appendix has information and calculators that can be used to further your injury prevention efforts. The videos and posters also provide visuals for employees to further understand concepts in the program guide. Your WCF safety and health consultant can also assist you in deciding where to start with injury prevention at your company.
Walk Safe Program Guides may be obtained by calling the WCF Safety Department at 385.351.8103.