June 2015: You Can Prevent Falls

You Can Prevent Falls

In 2014, every 34 hours a slip, trip, and fall incident occurred at one of Texas Health’s entities injuring an employee. Falls risk injuries such as broken bones, torn ligaments, and severe bruising, all of which can be painful and debilitating. Don’t let this happen to you.


  • Ensure that all spills and wet surfaces on floors are immediately cleaned up from the floor.
  • Use wet floor signs to identify wet surfaces.
  • Wear footwear that is appropriate for your tasks.
  • Adjust your stride to a pace that is suitable for the walking surface and the tasks you are performing.


  • Keep areas where people walk clear from clutter or obstructions.
  • Keep flooring in good condition and inform your manager or real estate dept. of safety hazards on floors.
  • Ensure that you have good lighting and that visibility is not affected.
  • Ensure that things you are carrying or pushing do not prevent you from seeing any obstructions, trip hazards, etc.


  • Use a safe stepladder if you need to grab something that is higher than you can comfortably reach. Never use chairs or desks to climb on to access what you need.
  • Carry loads that you can safely handle. While carrying objects, make sure that you can see what is in front of you. Carrying a load that is too heavy could cause you to stumble and may result in an injury.
  • Use caution when ascending and descending ramps and stairways.
  • Use caution when getting in and out of motor vehicles.


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