April 2020

Inside the April Issue

 

The Human Factor
Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
BY ADAM RABESA

Walking is one of the most common human activities. It’s also one that most people are oblivious to while they’re doing it, which is why slips and falls are so common. Getting people to pay more attention to where they’re placing their feet is extremely difficult to do – for good reason. It goes against human nature. Walking can be dangerous. We do it so often that we don’t think about it. We let our guard down, even when we shouldn’t. Even when hazards increase, like when you come in from the rain and instead of using the handrail on the stairs for support, you run up hands-free and a slip, trip or fall incident occurs.

Changing Behaviors and Mitigating Hazards
How can we get facilities staff, tenants, and visitors to use more logical, deliberative thinking when it comes to safety? The first thing to do is acknowledge that it’s pretty much impossible to get people to change their daily habits – especially when ‘automated mode’ is built into our brains. Thus, best practice is to put regulations and processes in place that dictate certain behaviors and mitigate hazardous situations.

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