Slips, trips and falls cost Albertans over $280 million every year in hospital visits and emergency admissions. This also makes up a number of claims and litigation municipalities experience.
What can you do to prevent slips, trips and falls in your community?
- Take care of icy and slippery areas
With winter upon us, the frequency of falls outside increase due to icy surfaces, wet entrance floors and snow covered objects. Don’t forget about public areas that aren’t walkways, such as bleachers or playgrounds. These items require regular inspections to ensure they are in safe, good working order.
- Pay attention to high traffic areas
As people look to stay active in the comfort of indoors, an increased use of recreational facilities and public buildings can cause a higher frequency of falls.
- Make it part of your routine
Having great housekeeping routines and regular safety checks where the public has walking access can prevent injuries to staff and guests. Regular inspections and documenting efforts in a log will demonstrate great effort on part of the municipality if a claim or litigation arises.
To expand your knowledge or brush up on slip, trip and fall prevention and risk management strategies, review our Risk Management e-Learning materials.
For more facts on falls in Alberta, download this infographic.
For additional information and helpful resources, visit fallpreventionmonth.ca.