Falls can happen on level ground, or from a height. You could fall over as a result of slipping on ice or tripping over an uneven or raised paving stone, for example. Similarly, you could fall from height if you are working on a roof without proper safety measures in place. Falls can potentially happen in workplaces, on building sites and even in shopping centres or at other public places.
Clearly, the best course of action is to try and prevent as many falls as possible in the first place. However, if a fall does occur, it is very important to know how to treat the person who has fallen. A lot will depend on the nature of the fall and the height the person has fallen from. A situation where someone falls off a roof will clearly be very different to a situation where someone has slipped and fallen over because of black ice on the pavement.
First aid in treating fall injuries
If you are first on the scene when someone has experienced a fall, it is very important not to try and get them up on their feet. You don’t know the extent of their injuries. In some cases it may not even be clear how they fell. If you see someone lying on the floor, they could have fallen from a height or simply fallen over an obstacle, for example. Clues around you could help you work out what happened.
The main rule is to call for medical help if you do not have any professional first-aid training. Every workplace should have first aiders present. Furthermore, if in doubt, call an ambulance. Do not move the person, especially if they are in pain or unconscious. It is possible for someone to look fine but have internal injuries you cannot see.
Have you been injured in a fall?
Treating fall injuries is the first of several steps you may go through if you have been injured in a similar accident. The shock, both physical and mental, can take some time to get over. However, as well as seeking appropriate medical attention, you may also wish to seek legal advice if you suspect someone else was negligent in causing your fall to occur.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 so you can learn more. We provide this number free of charge so you can get the answers you need.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead