People often laugh at others when they slip and mess up. It is often the topic of comic gags when a guy falls and slip on a banana peel. In real life, people often fall and end up with severe injuries. These injuries are broken bones and usually, a broken back.
With people who love to travel, having serious falls can derail a fun adventure. Slip and fall accidents often are typical when areas are hard to reach. For example, rugged exteriors and mountain tops are more prone to these accidents.
In this article, we discuss how to spot potential areas for slips and what to do to prevent accidents during travels or work.
Identifying a potential hazard
First and foremost, identify an area that will be prone to slipping and falling. These areas can be:
- Spots that have inadequate illumination
- Poorly built pathways or makeshift walkways.
- Areas that have algae or moss
- Surfaces that are prone to get wet
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Tight places that have a lot of people
- Places that have reduced visibility
- Steep slopes
Identifying potential victims
- People with poor eyesight
- Being under the influence of drugs
- Old people
- Individuals with disabilities
What to do to prevent slips and falls
When mountain climbing or trekking, people should plan accordingly. Routes are to be prepared properly to prevent accidents. In the case of marshy areas, people should clear a path by using a machete or any tool that can cut grass. This procedure is to ensure that a zone is safe and passable.
With places near rivers or bodies of water, as much as possible, avoid stepping on rocks. Rocks are sometimes full with algae or moss which can cause slips. Injuries often happen due to travelers carelessly jumping on them.
For travelers, the proper attire and proper gear should be the preference. Long, thick pants are preferred because they reduce the injury a potential slip can make. Although shorts provide much more mobility, it sacrifices protection and leaves the wearer more vulnerable to the elements. Shoes should also be the best choice over sandals for the same reason.
People with children or elders should guide them accordingly when traversing through harsh terrain.
Slips and falls are a common accident. Sometimes, slips may not cause severe injury, other times it can cause death. Having a sense preparedness comes along the way. Simple precautions such as behaving and having a keen observation is an excellent way to avoid slips and falls.
Being disciplined also helps. Do not do random, rowdy, and reckless acts such as jumping on rocks with moss. These are known to be very slippery and can cause slips. In areas with thick vegetation, avoid wallowing in as it may have hidden hazards lurking beneath.