The ‘Step down. Not out’ method for avoiding winter falls

A large percentage of winter slip-and-fall injuries reported to SFM occur in parking lots. These injuries are often severe and affect all kinds of businesses.

Encourage your employees to use the “Step down. Not out” method to avoid falls while getting out of their vehicles and stepping off curbs. Using “Step down. Not out” when getting out of a vehicle or stepping off a curb forces you to stand up or step flat footed, eliminating the chances of slipping.

Getting out of a vehicle

  1. Swing both legs out.
  2. Place both feet, flat footed, on the ground.
  3. Grab onto the door frame or steering wheel to help support yourself to a standing position. Use at least three points of contact—two feet and one hand—a practice used by professional drivers.

VIDEO: View our Instagram video for a quick demonstration of stepping down, not out, from your car .

Walking off a curb

  1. Shorten your steps. Do not step too far out.
  2. Step flat footed off the curb. This minimizes your forward momentum. It also helps ensure your leading foot doesn’t land heel-first and result in a slip.

This is not intended to serve as legal advice for individual fact-specific legal cases or as a legal basis for your employment practices.

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