Walk Like a Penguin to Prevent Winter Slips, Trips and Falls

Over half of all reported slips, trips and falls at UW-Madison occur during the winter months of November through February. The total incurred direct cost for these injuries in 2012 was $270,000. Indirect costs are estimated at a minimum of five times the direct cost (approximately $1,350,000 for the year 2012).

Please take care to tread safely and walk like a penguin to prevent snow and ice-related injuries:

Walk like a penguin this winter to avoid slips, trips and falls.

Remember to use proper body mechanics and ergonomic tools when removing snow.

Report hazardous conditions to your building manager, Physical Plant (CARS 263-3333) or Environment, Health and Safety (265-5000).

Spread the word by downloading, printing and hanging the Ice and Snow poster for your building (PDF - 11 x 17 inches).

Please contact Doug Smith, Douglas.Smith@wisc.edu, (608) 262-9738, for more information.