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Falling and the Workplace

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Many people fall in their place of employment, which often decreases work productivity. Research has shown that falling is the most common cause of injuries related to work, and it is important to be aware of correct fall prevention techniques. It is the employer's responsibility to have employees understand the dangers of falling and implement changes to the workplace for protection. Scenarios that fall into this category can include covering or guarding floor holes and installing railings around dangerous machines. Additionally, safety nets, stair rails, and handrails can be included in other forms of fall prevention methods. Many employers understand the importance of keeping the work area clean and dry, and it is beneficial to train employees about specific job hazards. If you would like more information about how the feet can become injured during a fall, please speak with a podiatrist who can teach you about effective fall prevention strategies.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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