Slips and falls account for thousands of injuries and deaths in the U.S. every year, with many of these accidents occurring in the workplace. As is the case with most personal injuries, the best way to avoid being hurt in a slipping accident is prevention. On the job, this means a combination of smart behavior on the part of the employee (always walking instead of running, being aware of your surroundings, etc.) and physical safety measures, such as regularly inspected equipment and adequate warning signs.
Even if these guidelines are met, slips and falls can still occur. Once you begin to fall, most people assume you are more or less at the mercy of your surroundings. However, in reality, the final step to minimizing injury in falling accidents is learning how to fall – training yourself to recognize when you are falling and instantly adjusting your body to reduce the possibility of injury. With enough time and practice, the set motions that will help keep you safe will come naturally and without thought in the event of an actual fall.
The exact technique of practicing a fall depends greatly upon the circumstances in which you might typically find yourself falling and how that would affect your physical motion. For instance, a worker in a warehouse might be more concerned with slipping backward on a worn concrete floor, while a construction team member would worry about tripping forward on a piece of rebar. Despite such differences, learning these basic methods of falling can greatly improve your chances of a safer landing:
If you or someone you know has been injured in a fall-related accident in which another party’s negligence might have played a role, call the Stevens Point slip and fall attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-248-0171 to find out more about what you can do.