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Though largely avoidable through the implementation of relatively simple strategies, slips and falls are the leading causes of nonfatal injuries in the United States. With the heavy foot traffic and large numbers of people around, educational institutions are prime locations for these types of accidents.  

An analysis of UE claims shows that slip-and-fall claims account for one-third of all claims involving bodily injury, and nearly half of them occur indoors where the floors should be uninfluenced by nature. While the majority of these claims are minor, some significant injuries and financial losses can occur as a result of severe slip-and-fall accidents. 

Many of these large losses could be prevented by following certain basic practices to reduce the risk of accidents, including:

  • Selecting the correct type of flooring
  • Maintaining the integrity of indoor areas through regular inspections and careful attention to maintenance
  • Developing a comprehensive strategy that integrates and facilitates communication between relevant administration personnel; including risk managers, maintenance workers, insurance officers, etc.  

Specific strategies can minimize the risks of indoor slips and falls. When a slip and fall occurs despite these measures in place, an institution should first obtain appropriate medical care for injured parties—or document their refusal of attention—and then promptly investigate the incident. Use this checklist to see how your institution can improve indoor floor safety on your campus.

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    This is helpful, thank you. I will be certain to share with our facilities personnel.

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