Stumbling, slipping and falling accidents occur when walking and running. The consequences of these accidents are often considerably more serious than is generally thought. Often, floors, stairs, ladders, steps and platforms are the cause of the accidents. But also different ground conditions, influences of the weather or bumps can represent dangers.
What does the accident statistics say?
Every day in Germany 1, 000 people fall during working hours. Every year, almost 5, 000 people are injured so severely that they receive a professional association pension because of permanent health impairments. Approximately 330 million euros a year are used by the employers' liability insurance associations to eliminate the consequences of accidents, and the economy costs billions in lost hours alone.
Tips to avoid slips and falls:
- Mop up spilled water immediately.
- Remove food and sauce residues immediately and thoroughly.
- For greasy soiling, make sure that the cleaning fluid (water and detergent) is hot enough to actually completely remove the grease. The temperature of the cleaning fluid must be above the melting point of the grease. In the case of greasy fats with vegetable fats, a temperature of 40 ° C is sufficient, for animal fats the liquid temperature should be 50 ° C.
- Do not use too much detergent. Observe the dosing instructions of the manufacturer. Residues of the agent remaining on the floor make it smooth. Especially if the soil then becomes moist.
- If care products with slip-resistant admixtures are used, the correct dosage is especially important. Anti-slip care products lose their effect through wetness.
- Dried protein soils on the floor are more persistent than fat. To remove them safely, there is a trick: first soak and after a few minutes wipe away. The wiping water should be less than 40 ° C warm. At higher temperatures, the protein flocculates and swells.
Accident causes: Small event, big impact
The causes for the often momentous accidents are usually small. A truck driver jumps out of the driver's cab, the sales manager stumbles over an unfixed doormat in the office, the car mechanic slips on an oil in the workshop, the caregiver falls in the half-dark parking garage on a step.
Every day, more than a thousand German employees stumble, slip or fall so hard that they can not work for at least three days. What the damage to health means for the quality of life of those affected is another matter. Anyone who has an accident while working or on the way to work has at least the advantage of being accident-insured through his employer's liability insurance association.
There are places where such accidents happen more frequently - on construction sites, for example. However, if you think you are safe in your office, be forewarned: Lintel accidents across all industries are a major focus in accident statistics. Looking at not only the world of work, but also home and leisure, every year 7, 000 Germans fall to their deaths.
Every industry has its own pitfalls
Many of the sector-specific employers' liability insurance associations are using the campaign as an opportunity for the campaign, which is tailored to the potential risks of tripping, slipping and falling in the working world of their insured persons. Since the topic is one of the core tasks of prevention, they can resort to proven information resources and activities or further develop them - for example the "Stumbling Course", which the quarrying trade association presented at trade fairs, among other things.
The causes of tripping, slipping and falling accidents can be divided into two categories, namely "hard" factors that can be described by factual, largely structural-technical constraints and in "soft" factors that also (erroneous - Include the behavior of the individual. Obstacles in the sidewalk, uneven, unsuitable and dirty floors, unsuitable footwear, inadequate lighting conditions of traffic routes, in particular stairs, as well as confusing (messy) operating conditions are among the "hard" influencing factors.
The "soft" factors concern z. Hurry, hurry, carelessness, lack of adaptation and the like. These factors are far more difficult to grasp and also difficult to access for prevention because they can only be influenced by the change in behavior.
Code of Conduct
Behavioral causes of accidents are, for example:
- Stress, hectic, tiredness, distraction, carelessness, comfort
- Surrounding cables and hoses
- Unsuitable shoes
Everyone can contribute to the prevention of stumbling, slipping and falling accidents and should be aware of shortcomings in workplaces and transport routes, eg. For example, damaged footrests, clutter, spilled liquids, general contamination, damaged footwear, snow and ice, uncovered floor openings, and more, either eliminate it immediately or report it to the supervisor. Important is z. For example, wearing safe footwear, controlling movement, and adapting walking speeds to local conditions.
Tips against tripping and sliding:
- Wear the right shoes
The right work shoe helps to ensure a safe walk. Depending on the application different shoes are suitable. All have in common a firm grip on the foot, a flat heel and a grippy, non-slip sole. There are now working shoes, which are visually trendy despite their functionality. Get tips from professionals such as the occupational health and safety specialist in your company.
- Do not underestimate stairs and steps
Stumbling on stairs and steps leads to more serious injuries than stumbling on a level surface. That's why stairs and steps must always be well marked and illuminated. Use the handrail and be attentive.
- Switch off tripping hazards and sliding parts
The edges of floor mats or carpets should be visually easily recognizable. Doormats with a non-slip layer on the back give more grip. Mats with bent corners or broken edges should be sorted out! It is best to secure transitions with permanently installed carpet rails.
- Pay attention to your feet
Beware of objects lying around. Always secure your workplace when it is in a third-party area. In your own interest, do not leave anything lying on the floor or water or oil stains left untreated. On high-altitude workplaces such as scaffolding or work platforms, tripping accidents often have serious consequences.
- Keep your eyes open
Watch your work environment! Sometimes stumbling blocks develop slowly: pavement slabs lift, a floor tile starts to wobble ... If you want to protect yourself and your colleagues from tripping accidents, you can intervene or alert the responsible contact person.