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Slip and Fall Safety

Many Battle River Power Coop members are outdoors daily as they work on their rural properties. Warm or cold, melting or freezing, farm work continues, sometimes with treacherous conditions underfoot. There are precautions that you can take to prevent slip and fall incidents during a rural Alberta winter.

Provide sufficient lighting and use extra caution in places where water spills can be expected, like around livestock watering tanks. Spread sawdust, sand or de-icing material in work areas and watch out for places where water drains and refreezes or drips from eaves. Wear good footwear with non-slip soles and consider slip-on cleats over your boots when conditions warrant.

Three-point contact is recommended when getting into or out of any machinery or passenger vehicle. That means having two hands on the vehicle and one foot on the ground (or vice-versa) until you are secure and stable. Upon exiting a vehicle, beware of hard-packed slippery surfaces and walk like a penguin, taking small steps and keeping your weight centered over your feet. Be cautious when unloading and transporting items on foot. Carry smaller loads that do not block your vision and maintain a line of sight that allows you to see the ground ahead.  

Remove snow, ice and slush from walkways promptly after winter precipitation. Individuals with health problems or who are unaccustomed to vigorous physical activity are advised to enlist help. Even physically fit individuals will benefit by doing some stretches before beginning work, and by taking breaks. While shoveling or blowing snow be aware of the possibility of ice lurking below the surface and take your time. Allow a little extra time for all outdoor winter work. It just might prevent an injury from a slip and fall accident.

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