Residence Hall Safety

Risk Research Bulletin | March 2008 | 0 Comments  Average 4 out of 5

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Injuries in residence halls can result from faulty or poorly maintained windows, stairs, guardrails, and furniture. Implementing a hazard maintenance reporting system and developing a plan for proper maintenance and follow-up can help keep your students safe. UE analyzed more than 500 residence hall-related claims to identify the most common and costliest situations. Based on those findings, these tips can help prevent incidents in residence halls:

  • Encourage better hazard reporting to avoid injuries due to building and property defects
  • Review residence hall maintenance and incident reports to identify trends in hazards
  • Pay particular attention to preventing slippery or dangerous conditions on campus stairways
  • Maintain and limit students’ ability to open residence hall windows to avoid falls from heights and install safety glass or window guards.
  • Encourage safe practices for bunk beds and lofts by making bed rails available and by periodically inspecting and documenting the bunk beds’ conditions

Read the report to learn more about best practices for residence hall maintenance.


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