Slip, trip, and fall accidents at the hospital

a hall with wet floor sign Slip, trip, and fall accidents at the hospital

Slip, trip, and fall accidents are common occurrences in workplaces, public spaces, and private properties. These kinds of accidents can also happen inside the hospital or medical center space, where not only is the patient at risk, but also the staff and the public. These types of accidents can cause serious injuries, and property owners and managers can be held liable for any injuries sustained on their premises. Therefore, it is important to take proactive steps to reduce slip, trip, and fall hazards. Here are some suggestions as outlined by OSHA on what you should expect in hospitals in order to minimize the risk of premise liability due to slips and falls.

One crucial step in preventing slip, trip, and fall accidents is to ensure that spills are reported and cleaned up immediately. A delay in cleaning up a spill can lead to someone slipping and falling, resulting in injuries. Additionally, using no-skid waxes and surfaces coated with grit can create non-slip surfaces in areas that are slippery, such as toilet and shower areas.

Using waterproof footgear is another effective measure to decrease slip/fall hazards. Properly maintained ladders should be used to reach items, and stools, chairs, or boxes should never be used as substitutes for ladders. Re-laying or stretching carpets that bulge or have become bunched can prevent tripping hazards.

Aisles and passageways should be kept clear at all times, with temporary electrical cords that cross aisles taped or anchored to the floor. Cluttered or obstructed work areas should be eliminated, and prudent housekeeping procedures should be followed, such as cleaning only one side of a passageway at a time. Adequate lighting should be provided for all halls and stairwells, especially during night hours, and workers should be instructed to use the handrails on stairs.

Uneven floor surfaces should be eliminated, and safe work should be promoted in cramped working spaces. Awkward positions should be avoided, and equipment that makes lifts less awkward should be used.

Taking these steps can help reduce slip, trip, and fall hazards and prevent accidents from occurring. By creating a safe environment, property owners and managers can reduce their liability for slip, trip, and fall accidents.



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