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Learning How to Fall

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:

Falling Backward:

  • Start standing up with you back against a wall. Slowly slide down until you are squatting on the ground while extending one of your legs out straight in front of you and keeping the other bent.
  • Try the same exercise without a wall while standing on a padded mat or other soft surface. This time, wrap your arms around the bent knee to keep from rolling backward. Repeat until the motions are fluid.

Falling Forward:

  • Take a long step forward with one of your legs to simulate falling in a forward motion. Begin to lean with control to the opposite side.
  • As you fall, cup your hands in front of your face and turn your head away from the direction in which you are falling. Your hands and forearms should absorb most of the impact.
  • Be sure to practice with both sides until these motions become reflexive.

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