Uitglijden : letsel-preventie aanbevelingen / Piet Heyn Michels, Thea Mooij, Jose Tholen ...[et al.]
Amsterdam : Stichting Consument en Veiligheid SCV, 1998. - 54 p.
(Rapport ; 204). - ISBN 90-6788-228-3. - Met bijl., lit.opg.
Descriptoren: falls. injuries. slippery floors. statistics. causes. prevention
The aim of this report is to reduce the number of accidents caused by slipping. Not only because slipping figures prominently into the largest category of accidents but because it results in so many serious injuries.
Every year around 650 people slip and break their hip or pelvis. Fractures of the hip can result in invalidity, especially for elderly victims. In some cases these injuries can be fatal if complications arise during the hospitalization period. Every day approximately 45 people suffer some kind of injury because they have slipped. On a weekly basis, this includes around 45 victims of a broken wrist and 12 victims of a broken hip or pelvis.
This report presents the findings of a survey on accidents caused by slipping and suggests ways in which they might be reduced. Preventive measures are divided into four categories: information and education; product safety; environmental safety and organisational measures.
The precautionary measures highlighted by this study as most desirable were:
- further development and greater use of non-slip flooring in bath/shower areas, swimming pools and steps
- discouraging people from walking in stockinged feet in the home
- further development of products which cut down the risk of slipping (e.g. footwear and bathmats, possibly with special label or accreditation)
- proper maintenance (in all seasons) of streets, driveways and pavements.
Stichting Consument en Veiligheid SCV (1998)