Slips, trips, and falls are far more common in the workplace than most people realize. In fact, these incidents are among the most common, most serious, and most expensive injuries on the job. It is to the benefit of both the employer and employees to develop better slip, trip, and fall prevention tactics so as to minimize the risk of a fall at work.
How to Prevent Slips and Falls in the Workplace
The best way to prevent slip and falls in the workplace is by inspecting the premises regularly for areas of significant risk. Look out for any of the following kinds of slip and falls:
- Uneven pavement
- Walkways that are often covered with debris
- Poorly lit walkways
- Walkways prone to snow or ice coverage
- Loose cords across a walkway
- Obstructed walkways
- Carpet that isn’t properly attached and maintained
- Floors that are often slippery due to spills or cleaning
- Stairs that lack a rail
- Unstable stairs and ladders
This list is by no means exhaustive. When inspecting the job site, use common sense and close observation to locate any other potential risks. During each inspection, pay particular attention to entrances, exits, and other high-traffic areas.
Once you have a list of potential risks, the employer must take steps to prevent accidents. The simplest way is to address housekeeping and maintenance practices for the building and work area. Review these risks with staff and make adjustments to minimize these risks. For instance, you can insist that all stairs are adequately repaired, and ice, snow, and spills are always cleared as quickly as possible.
Statistics on Slips Trips and Falls in the Workplace
The statistics on slips, trips, and falls in the workplace show just how important it is to address this issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 261,930 employees missed at least one day of work during a recent year due to a fall on the same level or to a lower level. 798 employees died from these falls. The CDC also reports that falls cost businesses $70 billion annually.
As these statistics highlight, every business has a clear motivation to keep their employees safer through better slip and fall prevention in the workplace.
How Rosen & Ohr Can Help After a Fall at Work
If you fell and suffered an injury while at work, you are most likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You may be able to recover funds to pay for your medical bills, a portion of your lost wages, and any related disabilities and difficulties you will face in the future.
The South Florida worker’s compensation lawyers at Rosen & Ohr Law can guide you through the claims process to help you get the financial assistance you need to cover your treatment and your lost wages while off work. To find out more about how we can help you after a slip and fall accident work, contact us today online or by phone.