Five Questions and Answers about Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents

Five Questions and Answers about Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents Building managers and cleaning professionals are likely aware of the big slip and fall accident problem in North America.  In the U.S., it is estimated there are about three million emergency room visits each year due to slip and fall accidents. This costs about $31 billion in direct medical expenses and results in approximately 20,000 deaths annually in this country. While some slip and fall accidents are unavoidable, the vast majority [...]

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People are Falling – Statistics are NOT

This is the eye catching title of a 2015 article posted in Canada’s Occupational Health & Safety Magazine. According to the article, more than 40,000 Canadian workers are injured on the job due to a slip and fall accident. Along with the personal suffering, this costs employers and the government millions of dollars annually as a result of actual medical expenses and reduced worker productivity. In the US, with ten times the population, the slip and fall statistics are staggering. [...]

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Winter conditions challenge facility maintenance

Snow and ice removal practices to prevent slip-and-falls and preserve flooring Wednesday, February 15, 2017 By Robert Kravitz With seasonal elements such as powerful blizzards and record-breaking snowfalls, ice melt should be applied to key walkways around facilities as part of a complete snow removal plan. According to a report released by the Toronto Public Health Department, from 2006 to 2015, 30,000 people in Toronto went to an emergency room as a result of a slip-and-fall accident due to ice and snow [...]

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PREVENTING SLIPS AND FALLS

Winter is here! With slush-covered boots, salt, snow, calcium and dirt are quickly invading our facilities! An ice storm brings in the New Year and, the better part of 2015, for most of us, has been spent by avoiding ice-rink sidewalks on our slippery commutes. With so much focus on not tripping over on our way to work, it’s easy to forget the hazards that await us upon our arrival. In fact, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety [...]

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