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Fall Prevention Tips to Enhance Workplace Safety

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Maintaining a safe work environment is essential in protecting yourself from the risk of falls, which can result in injuries and productivity disruptions. Implementing effective fall prevention measures is vital for ensuring workplace safety. Start by conducting a thorough risk assessment to identify potential hazards, such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, or inadequate lighting. Implementing proper housekeeping practices, including promptly cleaning up spills and removing obstacles from walkways, can significantly reduce the risk of falls. Ask your employer to provide appropriate safety equipment, such as non-slip footwear, harnesses, and guardrails for elevated work areas to further safety. If you have fallen at work and have injured your feet or ankles from working on your feet, it is suggested that you seek expert advice from a podiatrist who can effectively treat these injuries.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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