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Tips to Avoid Common Accidents During the Winter
According to studies conducted by the National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents occur 25,000 times a day in the U.S. In fact, data from the study revealed that 1 in 5 emergency room visits are the result of a slip and fall. Additionally, 20% of workers’ comp expenses are from slips, trips, and falls, which are the second leading cause of occupational fatalities behind motor vehicle accidents.
Now that the winter season is here, injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls will steadily increase. The cold weather and icy conditions that come with winter weather significantly increases the risk of suffering an injury caused by a slip, trip, or fall. This is why it is important to be more aware of sidewalks, parking lots, and other areas that become hazardous this time of year.
Entrances & Exits
For business owners, maintaining clear entrances and exits is very important during the winter. Business owners should ask their employees to use specific doors for entering and exiting their building and other workspaces. This will help control the build-up of ice and can make it easier to remove snow from entrances that customers are likely to use. It is also a good idea to regularly mop all entrances and exits to prevent water from accumulating and turning into ice.
Parking Lots & Sidewalks
These two areas can become very dangerous during the winter. Properly ensuring that walking paths and other trouble spots like snowbanks and slippery curbs are well lit can help prevent accidents from occurring. Aside from adding more lights, using red or orange caution tape to mark off potentially dangerous areas can also reduce slip, trip, and fall injuries. If you choose to salt a walkway, remember to remove re-melted snow and ice after each application.
Additional winter safety tips include:
- Try not to wear high-heels when outdoors
- Take short, steady steps when walking on snow or ice
- Clean footwear when entering a building
- Try to use walkways that have been salted or properly shoveled