UH WalkSafe: Nonprofit Finds Little Efforts Can Make a Big Difference When Preventing Slips and Falls


Photo courtesy St. Coletta of Wisconsin

When it comes to preventing slips and falls during the winter, it doesn’t take much effort to make a big impact. Take for instance this great idea from the safety committee of St. Coletta of Wisconsin, a nonprofit that provides support services for adults with developmental disabilities and other challenges. They created dozens of salt-sand bottles for their staff to keep and use around their vehicles as they get into and out of their vehicles during icy conditions.

The bottles are kept in a large plastic container near one of the main entrances. Once the bottles are empty, employees are encouraged to simply recycle them or place them back in the container to be refilled and used again. Of course, the St. Coletta safety committee also sends out regular safety reminders using United Heartland’s WalkSafe campaign resources and even created their own “Walk Like a Penguin” posters to encourage safe walking behaviors. All these little efforts, along with the ongoing loss control support from both United Heartland and St. Coletta’s agent partner, M3 Insurance Solutions, have helped them keep employees on their feet and off the ground.

While it may feel like winter has already worn out its welcome, we’re not even through the first month of the season so it’s important that our WalkSafe campaign remains top of mind for you and your employees in the coming months. We encourage you to explore all of the phases we offer but especially the materials related to proper footwear and traveling off-site. Wearing shoes with proper traction can be a huge help in avoiding slips and falls in slippery conditions. And when traveling away from work to visit off-site locations, it’s always important to evaluate any destination for unexpected slip and fall hazards.

As you may have already seen, we’ve added some humor to this year’s campaign with short videos that can be shared with your employees. Each one provides a simple tip on how to avoid slips and falls during this winter season. The three available so far can be viewed here.

Current agents, policyholders and Risk Connection subscribers also have access to WalkSafe Quick Tips, a short list of simple slip and fall prevention reminders which can be added to your safety newsletters or emails. Be sure to visit us at UnitedHeartland.com for more information, and if you haven’t already, please subscribe to our Risk Connection e-blasts, which provide important information related to WalkSafe topics as well.