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Employees can help prevent slip, fall accidents during winter season

      It's the time of season when slips and falls occur in an increasing number at Fort McCoy.

      So far, the Installation Safety Office (ISO) has received reports of more than a dozen slip-and-fall accidents.

      Walking to and from parking lots and between buildings during the winter requires special attention and precautions. No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from streets, parking lots and sidewalks, employees will invariably encounter some slippery surfaces when walking outdoors in the winter.

      It is important to be continually aware of the dangers and to walk safely on ice and slippery surfaces.

      Some strategies include:

  • Plan ahead and give yourself sufficient time to reach your destination.

  • Wear shoes or boots with a rubber and neoprene composite sole that provide traction on snow and ice. Avoid wearing footwear with plastic and leather soles.

  • Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles. Transfer weight slowly and use the vehicle for support.

  • Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and areas where snow and ice removal is not feasible can be hazardous.

  • Look ahead when you walk. A sidewalk completely covered with ice may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.

      If pedestrians face no choice but to walk on ice, they might want to consider the following safety recommendations:

  • Take short steps or shuffle for stability.

  • Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with the center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible.

  • Be prepared to fall.

  • If you fall, fall with sequential contacts at your thigh, hip and shoulder to avoid using your arms and to protect against breaks.

  • Bend your back and head forward so you won't slam your head on the pavement as your feet shoot out from under you.

  • Upon entering buildings, remove snow and water from footwear to prevent creating wet, slippery conditions indoors. It may be necessary to mop these areas occasionally because of heavy usage.

      A reminder: clearing entry walks is the responsibility of the building occupants. Don't forget to clear by those seldom-used doors in case an emergency exit is necessary.

      More information about slip-and-fall prevention is available in the Safety Section of the Fort McCoy Extranet, which is accessible from the Fort McCoy Corporate Network or from the public Web site http://www.mccoy.army.mil.

      Safety information also is available by calling the ISO at (608) 388-3403 or visiting building 1678.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office.)



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