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Remember to Wear Your Spikeys!

To help prevent dangerous falls, facilities provides FREE ice grippers to all UAS employees.

Along with the return of typical Juneau winter weather are icy pathways and slippery footing. Some UAS community members have suffered serious injuries in recent years due to slipping and falling on the ice.

To help prevent dangerous falls, facilities provides FREE ice grippers to all UAS employees. Contact Health and Safety Manager Dan Garcia for your pair at 796-6077 or dan.garcia@uas.alaska.edu.

A recent article in the Statewide Voice tells the harrowing tale of what happened to UA’s chief human resource officer Donald Smith when he fell on the ice in 2010:

It took one step to get a newspaper to change Donald Smith’s life. After working in the morning on Nov. 23, 2010 Smith went to get his newspaper, still dressed in his sweats. He put on slippers and walked down his 400-feet long driveway, ready to start the day. As soon as Smith grabbed the paper, he felt his feet slip from under him and an instant later he heard the sound of his head crack against the pavement.

That was all it took. Smith woke up and blood was flowing out from his nose, ears and mouth. His experience as a wilderness EMT told him that this was bad. He couldn’t walk and had to crawl back up to his home. Smith arrived in his garage and finally pulled himself up. He looked in the mirror and noticed his hair didn’t look right—it actually looked as if he had a Mohawk. He raised the back of his hand and felt up his head and he noticed it was wet and soft. He called his wife and together they went to the hospital.

Smith doesn’t remember pain associated with the accident. At this point, he was actually feeling okay. He received an MRI, but as soon as he was wheeled out, the seizures began and so did his stay in the ICU.

Read the full article from the UA Voice.

 
 

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