We have gotten a lot of rain here in Georgia this summer and if you aren’t using mats outside of your business, someone could get seriously injured. Take a look at these statistics from the National Floor Safety Institute.
Fall fatalities are nearly equally divided between men and women. However, more women will experience a slip-and-fall accident. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls accounted for 5% of the job-related fatalities for women compared to 11% for men.
Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.
Fractures are the most serious consequences of falls and occur in 5% of all people who fall.
Slips and falls do not constitute a primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, but represent the primary cause of lost days from work.
Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.
Of all fractures from falls, hip fractures are the most serious and lead to the greatest health problems and number of deaths. The following statistics describe the slip-and-fall crisis affecting our nation’s elderly.1
For more quick facts, check out NFSI’s website here.
The best way to avoid slip and falls in your business is to use mats in strategically placed areas around the business. One key area is the entryway–you want to have mats on both sides of all entryway doors. This will allow your customers, visitors, and employees a place to wipe their feet when they are coming in from the rain. It’s hard to slip on the floor with dry shoes!
If you haven’t been using mats, and you are ready to provide a safer place for your customers, give us a call at 800-939-2523 or contact us online.
Online Source: 1http://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/