Most of us have done it sometime: turned to face the steps we’re about to climb down and slipped on our toes. In the following account from Marine Safety Forum the injuries were quite serious.
“We recently had an incident where an experienced sailor fell down some stairs and seriously injured his back.
“The injured person, IP, was on his way to go and assist in launching the Daughter Craft. He came out of his cabin and went to descend a set of internal steps.
“At the top of the steps he turned so that he could descend the step facing them. As he did this, his foot slipped out from under him resulting in him falling down the stairs feet first. His feet hit a fire door at the bottom of the steps that was closed. This compressed his spine resulting in him receiving a serious compression injury.