According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, two million broken bones occur every year in the U.S. due to osteoporosis. What’s more, most people proceed with fracture repair without ever realizing they have osteoporosis or low bone mass. Join us in celebrating National Osteoporosis Month this May by taking action to Break Free from Osteoporosis. The Break Free from Osteoporosis campaign encourages everyone to get to know their risk factors for osteoporosis and make the lifestyle changes needed to build strong bones for life.
At the RJWestmore Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services, our first priority is the safety of our employees, clients and the general public. As a company, it is our goal to make every attempt to eliminate the potential for accidents. Slips, trips and falls represent a serious hazard to workers in the security industry and are responsible for well over half of the nonfatal injuries that result in days away from work. In honor of National Osteoporosis Month, we have devoted this week’s blog post to an important part of bone health—preventing slips, trips and falls.
First and foremost, stay focused and alert for hazards that may cause a slip, trip or fall. Good housekeeping, quality of walking surfaces (flooring), proper footwear and preparing facilities are all critical for preventing accidents that could result from wet surfaces, occasional spills, loose mats or other hazards. I trip myself up regularly, probably because I have twice as many legs as humans.
By partnering with clients, security teams can help prevent slips, trips and falls to reduce serious injuries that could lead to customer civil liability lawsuits and expensive worker compensation claims.
Here are some tips to follow and recommendations that you could make:
Reduce the risk of slipping on wet flooring by:
- Encouraging the use of slip-resistant footwear.
- Taking your time, paying attention and making wide turns at corners while walking.
- Protecting entrances to employee areas with matting designed to absorb water.
- Placing paper towel holders, trash cans and umbrella bags near entrances to reduce wet floors.
- Providing slip-resistant stair treads on permanent stairs.
- Recommending installation of grab bars or railing in doorways and stairwells. Although I can’t use railings myself, they seem like a very good idea.
Report or correct the following housekeeping conditions:
- Debris, spills or wet areas on floors, stairs or walkways
- Mats, rugs and carpets that may become obstacles themselves
- File cabinet or storage drawers left open, especially on top levels
- Exposed cables or bulky power cords that are not properly secured or protected
- Burned out lights in work areas, parking structures or walkways
- Bacon on the floor (not really a hazard, but important information, nonetheless!)
- Mark hazardous areas whenever necessary. Use temporary signs, cones, barricades or floor stand signs to warn people passing by.
- Block off areas during floor cleaning. Remove all signs once the floor is clean and dry so they do not become commonplace and ignored.
For more information about National Osteoporosis Month, check out the National Osteoporosis Foundation website. We hope that this blog post will motivate you to begin or maintain a regular physical fitness routine for optimal health and aspire to prevent accidents. A convenient and affordable way to make sure you are prepared for disasters and emergencies of virtually every kind is to subscribe to the RJWestmore Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services, which has been designed to help improve and save lives. Visit RJWestmore.com to read about the many ways proper planning can make a difference in numerous aspects of your professional and personal life.