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Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls (Number one cause of workplace injuries on the Lawrence University campus)

All seasons

Slips, trips and fall occur throughout the year, the most common factors are changes in the walking surface, uneven surfaces, steps, stairways, curbs, ramps; and the condition of the surface: wet or damp due to tracking water inside building after a rain storm.

During the Winter and early Spring in Wisconsin
We’ve all witnessed the effects Mother Nature can have every season of the year. As we look back at winter, how snow and ice caused us to loose traction when walking even though we prepared  for the threats posed by colder temperatures and frozen precipitation by learning how to walk like a penguin. Slips, trips and falls are extremely prevalent when winter weather takes hold, and now that we are in Spring, don't let your guard down. To help avoid these slip, trip and fall injuries we will continue to provide more information and methods to prevent future incidents.

Why are slip, trip, and fall injuries more difficult to control?
Slips, trips and falls may occur at anytime if we take our mind off the task of walking, as we take between 6,000 to 8,000 steps in a day. We must be alert to the changing conditions as we walk around campus. Please allow yourself extra time when it is raining or after a recent rain when everything is still wet. Take shorter strides just like you took during the winter months.

Staying upright in any kind of weather or condition is our goal.