Slip and fall injuries affect thousands of people every year. This type of injury can involve both people at work, as well as people walking almost anywhere. Slip, and the problem of inclement weather can exacerbate falls. Slip and Fall accidents differ from some of the other accidents we handle simply because, for many people, there is a stigma toward slip and fall accidents. For some, a slip and fall seems like something a clutz would do. Whereas, a car or bicycle accident, there isn’t necessarily the feelings of embarrassment. People shouldn’t feel this way. Slip and fall injuries are extremely serious and can cause devastating injuries for those involved.
Many companies have recognized how worrisome slip and fall injuries can be and are taking action. For example, Dominion Energy is making use of a new apparatus to help its employees better understand a technique for walking which should improve workplace safety. According to an article in the Deseret News, this new slip simulator places employees in a sort of bungee harness, and straps are then placed around their body and both legs. Employees are also given fitted shoes with unique soles that make for an even more slippery environment. When the employees are all strapped in, they are taught how to walk in the safest way possible across the slick surface. Research has shown that walking “like a soldier” is the best way to step.
The creation and use of such a contraption demonstrate the company’s understanding of the slip and fall problem facing many people. The senior safety specialist with the company, Mark Maldonado, said in the Deseret News article, “The slip simulator gives our employees the opportunity to apply a new walking method…This gives you the ability to actually use (the technique) and see the difference and get that immediate feedback.” After employees have the opportunity to walk using the contraption and can see the difference between standing more upright and taking shorter, more deliberate steps, Maldonado argues, they understand the superiority of the new way of walking.
One of the participants, Brad Markus, a customer relations manager for the company participated in the project and said, “I liked it because it helped me to understand that under slippery conditions, marching flat-footed in short steps really does make a difference…If you had told me that (previously) I might not have understood it, but experiencing it makes all the difference.”
Slip and fall accidents are difficult to prevent. If the conditions are just right, even the most athletic walkers can slip and seriously injure themselves. We encourage people walking under slippery conditions to try the suggestion of Dominion Energy and walking more like a soldier with shorter, choppier steps. However, a slip and fall is not always your fault. If the owner of the property where you slip and fall is reckless in their upkeep of the property, they could be held liable. If you were involved in a slip and fall injury, contact the attorneys at The Advocates Law Firm. We can help!