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Out on the ice
Slips and falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional deaths according to the National Safety Council. January, with its ice and snow, sees a striking 50% increase in slip and fall accidents to CIRMA member employees. Fortunately, many of these accidents can be prevented.
If you find yourself walking on ice or  snow this winter, safety experts advise:
  • First, Slow down!
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets for better balance.
  • Keep your center of gravity over your front leg and widen your stance; that is, walk like a penguin!  -- see the infographic.
  • If you do start to fall, try to tuck into a ball, make yourself as small as possible and keep your head and face away from the fall. Don't put out your hands to catch yourself, or you'll risk breaking your arms or wrists. Try to avoid landing on your knees or spine. 
  • Wear shoes and boots with good traction.
  • Stay on designated and cleared walkways.
  • Use the handrail when using stairs and entering and exiting buildings.

Visit our website to download Awareness posters and Employee Safety handouts, and to order a Slip and Fall Training Kit
All free to CIRMA members!

For more information and to start a Slip and Fall Prevention program in your entity, please contact your Risk Management Consultant.
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