Slips, Trips and Falls
Why we fall:
The 3 Laws of Science
Friction is the resistance between things, such as between your shoes and the surface you walk on. A good example is a slip on ice, where your shoes can’t grip the surface, you lose traction and slip.
Momentum is affected by speed and size of the moving object. The old expression “The bigger you are the harder you fall.” is true. The more you weigh and the faster you are moving, the harder your fall will be.
Gravity is the force that pulls you to the ground. If you lose your balance and begin to fall, you are going to hit the ground.
So, What should we do?
Well, you can’t just stop walking. But there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of slipping, tripping or falling. You can adapt many of the principals of defensive driving and apply them to walking. Silly as it may sound, being a “defensive walker” can help you safely navigate many of the hazards lurking all around you!
1st Quarter 2013 – Slips, Trips and Falls
January 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm