Stairs are a high-risk area when it comes to slipping or falling.
The primary cause of accidents is the lack of friction on the edge of the tread nose. The 90 degrees angle is where footing must be regained once out of balance. Often, this is also where you slip.
Safe traffic on stairs requires good and safe physical conditions, including:
- Good lighting
- Good friction on the treads and on the angle of every step
- A solid and safe railing with good grip
- Visible and clear marking of the nosing by having contrasting colour
To mitigate the risk, it’s useful to remember these tips:
- Do not run – walk at a normal pace
- Use the handrail – always keep one hand on the rail
- Make sure to have a clear sight when you carry something
- Keep it clean