No one is immune to falling; especially in the winter months when bad weather leads to slick roads and icy conditions. Whether you are headed to work or out shopping for last minute gifts, OCH Occ Med Clinic provider Laura Clark, FNP has a few safety tips to keep you on your feet and off the ground:
It has happened to most of us: we become distracted and end up tripping, slipping, or falling. These quick slip ups can lead to more than a hurt ego; sometimes ranging from bruises to fractures and in the worst cases, these injuries can even cause permanent disabilities.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, trips, slips and fall incidents make up the vast majority of industry (at work) accidents. In 2014, more than three million workplace injuries were reported. Here’s a breakdown of what that means:
- Approximately 25% of reported injury claims involved trips, slips & falls
- 15% of all accidental deaths per year were because of trips, slips & falls
- About 65% of all work days lost due to these types of injuries
While the statistics may be daunting, the good news is that these injuries are highly avoidable. Any employee or individual can take steps to prevent a fall. Here are a few guidelines to help in creating a safer work environment:
- Educate yourself (or your staff) regularly on safety protocols.
- Ensure your work areas have proper lighting.
- Always be alert and aware of surroundings.
- Keep your work area uncluttered and clean work area.
- Eliminate wet and/or slippery surfaces.
- Wear appropriate footwear.
Bottom line: Plan ahead and be safe! By following these simple steps, you can save yourself (and employees) lots of physical and emotional stress.
Laura Clark, FNP is a lead provider for the OCH Occupational Medicine program which launched in November 2014 at the OCH Evergreen Clinic in north Springfield. OCH Occupational Medicine offers same day appointment services including employer physicals, minor burn and laceration treatment, fracture care, treatment of sprains and strains, Department of Transportation physicals, vaccinations, sleep studies, tuberculosis tests and basic eye exams. The program also includes access to on-site physical therapy, lab, radiology, pulmonary function testing and EKG services; as well as coordinated after-hours care for work comp patients via the OCH Emergency Room. For more information, visit: http://ochonline.com/patients/services/occ-med/