Slip-and-falls are all too common in nursing homes

September 7th, 2012 - by DKRPA

Initially, you may hear of a slip-and-fall incident and think it something minor. Many Florida residents would just consider it an insignificant trip that causes a scrape or bruise, or maybe something a little more serious like a sprained joint.

But the fact is that slip-and-fall incidents are far more serious that this initial judgment. In fact, slip-and-falls account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths in the U.S. Only one other type of incident causes more accidental deaths than that — car accidents.

Slip-and-falls are a safety issue, one that has to be taken very seriously by businesses, restaurants and other organizations. If they are not following safety protocols and procedures, ensuring their building is well-kept and free of obstructions, then they can be held liable if a slip-and-fall incident occurs.

There are few places that should more readily understand this risk than a nursing home. The elderly people who are being taken care of in these homes are at a greater risk of injury, and thus they should have the safest environment. Nursing home employees also need the home to be free of slippery floors or structural deficiencies, as they not only need to care for the tenants, but themselves too.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nursing home employees suffer slip-and-fall accidents at more than double the rate of other private industry businesses. This alarming accident rate means many employees and tenants are being put at risk in nursing homes, where they can suffer serious or debilitating injuries.

Source: EHS Today, “OSHA Warns Nursing Care Facilities to Watch Their Steps,” Sandy Smith, Sep. 4, 2012