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
- Wear proper footwear, smooth leather soles are a no-no.
- Wear boots with good treads and carry your shoes into
- Try to stick to pathways that are well maintained. Don't
- Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going.
Don't hurry and be observant of conditions.
- Park your wet boots where puddles from melting snow
won't create hazards for others.
- Promptly report slippery conditions to your supervisor.
- Immediately report falls to your supervisor.
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
- Involve and educate your employees and co workers. Ask
what they see as the problem areas each winter. Their
suggestions regarding operations can improve work and
facility safety. Educate them so that they know what their
personal responsibility is in preventing slips and falls.
- Most people don't expect parking lots and walkways in
Maine to be free of snow and ice in the middle of a blizzard.
However, they do expect snow and ice to be promptly removed
once snow stops falling.
- Do you have a snow removal plan? Is it up to date?
Is it followed? If you need information on what a good
plan consists of, call our office.
- Record snow and ice removal activities in a log, if
- Post warning signs in high hazard areas.
- Provide adequate lighting where possible.
- Be aware of refreezing.
- Install abrasive strips, rubber mats or anti-skid floor
tiles in unavoidably wet areas such as entryways, coat
rooms and bathrooms.
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
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.
BE SAFE THIS WINTER!