Slips, trips, and falls
Slips, trips, and falls - out in the community & around DCHS sites
- Over the last five years slips/trips/falls have occurred mainly in Oct/Jan/Feb/March/May
- Most are due to adverse weather/uneven surfaces/wet surfaces
- Biggest human contributory factor was ‘lack of awareness’.
Causes of slips, trips and falls include:
- Carrying equipment
- Slipping on ice/snow on road/pavement
- Slipping on wet floor
- Uneven driveway/ground
- Falling down steps leading from patient’s home
Top winter tips
- Take note of the weather before going out.
- Always wear appropriate and suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.
- Use footwear such as walking boots with deep treads (clean soles regularly to ensure good grip).
- Think about wearing snow grips if ice is around (these are ideal for slipping into your handbag or car glovebox for weather emergencies).
- Why not give Nordic Poles a go for extra stability (telescopic compact poles can fit in a shopping bag or backpack).
- Be aware of your surroundings (before stepping out of your door/car check the ground for ice).
- Carry a torch during the winter or use your phone torch.
- Take your lead from the penguin - on slippery, compact snow and ice, take short, careful, flat-footed little steps, spreading your body weight as evenly as possible across the entire surface of your feet.
- In fresh snow, try to walk in someone else’s footsteps. Not only will you use up less energy, but their shoes will have left a tread mark which will be easier for your feet to grip.
- On deeper snow, always walk heel to toe. Applying your heel first will create a hole, which helps prevent your foot slipping forward.
Know your snow
Doctors see far more admissions to accident and emergency wards in the days and weeks following a snowfall than on the day itself.
When the snow begins to thaw, then ices over at night - this is when the real problems begin!
Around DCHS sites
- Ensure you report any uneven walkways or potholes in car parks to Estates immediately.
- Report any lighting issues along walkways/car parks/stairways to Estates promptly.
- Clean up any spillages within buildings yourself! It is your responsibility.
- Don’t be tempted to take short cuts by not using walkways or designated, cleared pathways.
- Concentrate on where you are going and don’t be distracted by using your mobile phone or talking to others.
- When carrying items, remember not to restrict your view particularly up and down stairways (you need to be able to hold onto the handrail).
- Never be in a rush, it just isn’t worth it!
- Have plenty of paper towel rolls to mop up any wet areas around sites.
- Ensure wet floor signs are put out appropriately and removed when the floor is dry.
- Think about your health – are you on any medication or feeling under the weather that could cause you to be unsteady?
- Ensure there are no trailing cables or bags/equipment left inappropriately around for people to trip over.