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Q&A with the Experts: Winter Slips and Falls

  • By Clayton Van Balen
  • Jan 16, 2018

Q: How can I protect myself from winter’s slips and falls?

A: This time of the year can bring an increase in injuries caused by slips and falls.

According to the 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics, a total of 2,905,900 injuries were reported, with 238,610 of those involving falls, slips and trips. These specific injuries can lead to concussions, sprains and strains, as well as fractures of ankles, hips, pelvis, spine and wrists.

To help prevent these injuries, be aware of hazards that increase the risk of slips such as liquid on the floor. Other common areas where falls occur are sidewalks and parking ramps. I encourage the use of proper footwear and apply sand and salt to areas as needed. I also recommend using appropriate passageways. One of the most significant ankle fractures I have seen occurred when an individual cut across the grass, rather than use the side walk.

An action that may only take a minute to perform may save months of recovery.