Preventing Slips and Falls in the Winter
Slips and falls can be costly accidents when you consider human suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and public good will. When snow and ice accumulates on walking surfaces, the potential for slips and falls greatly increases. Unsafe conditions are accidents waiting to happen. The right attitudes and actions can prevent and mitigate many of these accidents.
Care about safety - what YOU can do personally
You can and do make a huge difference in preventing losses!
Are you responsible for keeping a facility safe?
Protect yourself, your employees, co workers and the public from injury!
Has a slip and fall happened? Here's what to do:
Provide assistance to the person who fell. Call E911 if the person asks you to or if they are unconscious.
Immediately correct any hazards if possible and if not, report the hazards to the proper person(s) so as to protect others from injury.
If the person slipped and fell on State owned or controlled property, please collect as much of the following information as possible and report it to Risk Management as soon as you can.
- The name, address and phone number of the person who fell.
- The names, addresses and phone numbers of any persons who witnessed the fall.
- The exact date and time of the fall.
- The exact location of the fall. If possible take a photo of the location even if the photo doesn't show any hazard.
- Try to find out the sequence of events that lead to the fall.
- Note what the person was doing at the time; were they climbing stairs, turning, carrying items, talking with others, running, tending to children you get the idea.
- Ask if there was a particular reason this fall happened, was there was an unsafe condition or practice?
- Record what the person was wearing for footwear.