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Safeguarding Against Workplace Falls

Preventing falls in the workplace is essential in ensuring the safety and well-being of employees. Falls can occur in any work environment, from construction sites to office buildings, and can result in serious injuries or even fatalities. Implementing proactive measures to mitigate fall risks is vital. This includes maintaining clean and clutter-free walkways, promptly addressing spills or slippery surfaces, and ensuring proper lighting in all areas of the workplace. Employers should also provide appropriate training on fall prevention techniques and the proper use of safety equipment such as harnesses, guardrails, and non-slip footwear. Regular inspections of equipment and work areas can help identify and address potential hazards before accidents occur. Encouraging open communication between management and employees regarding safety concerns fosters a culture of awareness and accountability. Falling can impact the feet, and may compromise completing daily activities. If you have injured one or both feet during your workday, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat any foot condition you may have endured.

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 Dr. Joshua David Scoll from Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 Philadelphia, Bensalem, and Fairless Hills, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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