Slips and falls

Slips, trips and falls are the second most common injury for home and community health workers. As you enter a client's home, there may be uneven or slippery surfaces outside. Weather, outside environment, and clutter inside the home may result in tripping hazards.

Preventing slips and falls

  • Plan ahead and avoid rushing
  • Focus while walking ahead. Looking at your phone or reading paperwork can cause you to trip
  • Wear footwear that has a soft rubber sole, allowing for good traction
  • Use walkways that are well-lit and have been cleared and salted, as shortcuts over snow piles can lead to a fall
  • Don’t carry too much; arms and hands can be used for balance and support in the case of a fall
  • Use handrails when climbing stairs
  • If you find that it is unsafe to enter the home, don’t go in and report unsafe conditions to your supervisor

Are you prepared?

  • I am wearing appropriate footwear
  • I have checked to ensure there is good lighting outside and inside the home
  • I have checked walkways and stairs to ensure that they are
  • in good repair and clear of debris
  • I will keep my work area tidy to eliminate slip and trip hazards
  • I will avoid multi-tasking and holding large objects so that I can see where I am going
  • I will report unsafe conditions if I see them
  • I know what to do if I am injured

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