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Fall Prevention

Occupational Safety

Recognizing the risks when ascending and descending stairways

Welcome to SBM’s Occupational Safety training series. Today we’ll explore important safety issues around stairways, taking into account the serious consequences that exist when we become complacent.

Stairways are inherently dangerous. People fall, get injured and even die using them.

At first glance, ascending and descending from a stairways might seem intuitive.

However, in the US alone,

Hundreds of people die every year in stairwayrelated accidents. =100

Stairways have an obvious use. Their architecture however, does not make its dangers as obvious.

The first thing we need to note is the vertical distance between the highest and the lowest point of a stairway.

15 feet


In average this distance is between

10 and 15 feet...

This height makes them very dangerous; it's obvious that a fall would be ...

Keep in mind that the height of a stairway is not evident when standing at the very top.


This is because from the top of the stairway, the angle of elevation gives us a false sense of security.

However, the fall still is... ... painful and lethal all the way down.

Moreover, unlike simply falling down, we must consider the toll that each step takes on the human body as one falls down a stairway.

Recognizing the risks when ascending and descending stairways will keep us alert, forcing us to follow procedure and, in the end...

Greatly minimize the risk of personal injury.