Reducing slip, trip and fall accidents

Slip, trip and fall accidents are another frequent occurrence experienced by dance programs. Many slip, trip and fall events occur when people enter a dark or unfamiliar area, slip on wet surfaces or during wintry conditions, and trip over objects in walkways.

You can take these easy steps to reduce slip, trip and fall accidents: 

  • Make sure stairways are clean and free of tripping hazards. If you are in an area that experiences wintry conditions, have a plan in place to remove snow. Apply adequate amounts of ice melt or sand to continuously provide traction.
  • Clean up! Remove clutter and boxes, especially from stairs and high-traffic areas. Clean up spills immediately.
  • Make sure carpeting is secured and non-skid treads are applied to bare steps.
  • Increase lighting on stairs and in dark walkways.
  • After the stage is set up, inspect walkways for anything that may cause someone to fall -- stacks of recital programs can be especially slippery.
  • Check auditorium seats before guests arrive. Remove or block off any broken seats.
  • Position an usher with a flashlight near stairs and portable black box stands.
  • Securely tape down extension cords that cross walkways.
  • Make an announcement five minutes before show time asking patrons to take their seats. Prohibit seating once the performance begins, unless an usher with a flashlight guides guests to their seats. Keep guests from standing in the aisle during performances.
  • Designate a safety usher to patrol the auditorium walkways and bathrooms every 15 minutes, looking for slip and fall hazards. Equip ushers with the tools necessary to eliminate these hazards.
  • Provide adequate supervision for participants and guests. Don’t allow parents or guests backstage or in hallways near the stage. Post “Off Limits” signs and announce that these areas are off limits prior to the recital.
  • Inspect your parking lot and repair holes in the asphalt. If possible, remove concrete car stops or paint them in a highly visible color.
  • If you own the building, inspect your parking lot and property. Fill holes and depressions, and remove exposed tree roots or drainage pipes.
  • If you need to do construction, additions or modifications to public access areas, hire a contractor that has experience with building code requirements.

If a fall occurs, inspect the area immediately. Remove any hazards and inspect your premises for any similar hazards.

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.

For safety or risk management questions or suggestions, please contact Markel.

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