Posted by: Kelley Dees | November 10, 2011

Falls on the Ranch and Farm: How to fall properly

We’ve been talking about falls and causes of falls on the ranch and farm. Today, let’s look at how to fall properly to avoid injuries!

Naturally, our goal is not to slip, trip, or fall at all. However, the possibility of a fall always exists. There are correct ways to fall:

  • Tuck your chin in, turn your head, and throw an arm up. It is better to land on your arm than on your head.
  • While falling, twist or roll your body to the side. It is better to land on your buttocks and side than on your back.
  • Do not try to break the fall with your hands or elbows! When falling, the objective is to have as many square inches of your body contact the surface as possible. This helps spread the impact of the fall.

Think Ahead

Most falls can be prevented by taking time to consider the situation and taking proper measures to avoid or eliminate the “fall potential.” Time spent cleaning a spill, moving objects out of the way, or inspecting equipment will be much less than the time needed to recuperate from an injury caused by a fall.

Check out our posts from last Friday and this Monday, where we talked about common causes of falls. If you are interested in tools available to make your workspace safer, visit the Wyoming AgrAbility website or check out the series of posts on Solutions for Living.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from Wyoming AgrAbility 2009 Newspaper Insert: Preventing falls on the ranch or farm, by Dr. Randy Weigel.

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