Posted by: slipbustersoftexas | December 15, 2009

Tips to Prevent Slips and Falls

Falling and slipping injuries are expected to increase in number as the baby boomer generation ages. That’s because the elderly are more at risk of being injured in slip and fall accidents. That, and other facts and solutions are contained in a document by CNA.

According to the report, annually fall accidents kill more than 16,000 people in the country. Besides these, more than one million people are injured every year. Most of these accidents are caused because of factors like poor walking surface, lack of visibility, poor accessibility, and weak hand rails and guard rails.

According to the National Floor Institute, the number of seniors in the country between 2005 and 2020 is expected to increase from 35 million to 77 million. Not only are these people more likely to slip and fall injuring themselves, but the cost of treating these injuries is higher for an elderly person than for someone younger.  Fall injuries that elderly people face are also the number one reason they have to be hospitalized.

The insurer has a wealth of tips for owners of commercial properties to reduce their claims figures by making premises safer. Suggestions include installation of high traction flooring material that is resistant to slipping. If an existing floor increases the risk of slipping, CNA suggests using surface treatments, replacement of the floor, and carpeting to reduce the risk. The National Floor Safety Institute has a range of recommended flooring materials that can reduce slipping. Besides, premises should be well lit, and stairways should be especially safe to use. Staff must be trained in cleanup of spills as soon as they occur.

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