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Safety Nugget Week of January 30 - Stairwell Safety< Back to Blog

Jan 31, 2017
By: L. Brown
Categories: Safety

STAIRWELL SAFETY

 

While is Stillwater last week, I caught myself on the stairs and not using the handrail. I know that stairway is extra wide but you need to stick to the side so you can use the railing.  While reading a toolbox topic I found out most of us feel we have climbed stairs for years and the problem is . . . we no longer think about the real danger in doing such. Falls on stairs is one of the most common incidents that occur both at work and at home. They also site one of the most important things you can do when ascending or descending stairs is to utilize the handrail. Holding on to the handrail give you two points of contact and balance at all times. Here are some other tips:

 

  • Never run up or down stairs
  • Never read papers while using stairs.
  • Focus on the stairs, not conversations or other distractions that may be present.
  • Always look straight ahead when using stairs.
  • Only take one step at a time.
  • Get help if you have to carry something up or down stairs.
  • Ensure you always have at least 1 hand free when using stairs.
  • If the steps are located outside, be extremely careful if it is raining or snowing.

 

To read further visit Safety Toolbox Topic

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