During the winter months we can expect to see plenty of snow and ice as we travel by foot outdoors. Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injury. This winter follow these tips to reduce your risk of injury from a slip and fall:
Wear appropriate footwear that is in good condition and provides traction on snow and ice. If you prefer dress shoes, change your footwear once you arrive in your office.
Be aware of the potential for black ice (thin coating of ice that is visually transparent). Black ice most often develops around dawn and in the evening when temperatures are lowest.
Don’t be distracted by cell phones or music as it’s important to be aware of your environment and listen for oncoming traffic or snow removal equipment.
Avoid carrying items or walking with your hands in your pockets, this makes it difficult to catch yourself if you lose your balance. Try using a backpack.
Use caution when entering buildings as floors are often wet due to melted snow and slush. Always remove snow and ice build-up from your shoe soles.
Regular exercise can improve balance, increase flexibility and make you stronger, in turn preventing a fall.