November 14, 2017 • Slip and Fall
One of the most common preventable injuries in the workplace is slip, trip, and fall injuries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), businesses were given more than 6,000 citations in 2015 for failure to meet requirements in fall protection standards.
The US Department of Labor reports that from 2013 to 2014, there was more than 9% increase in slip, trip and fall accidents and that the construction industry has the highest frequency of both non-fatal and fatal slip, trip, and fall accidents.
There are a number of different factors that can cause slips, trips, and falls. As mentioned earlier, most of these accidents are preventable if appropriate safety guidelines are provided.
Slips take place when traction or friction between your feet and the surface is not enough.
Some of the common causes of slips include oily or wet floors, unanchored or loose mats, flooring without the same degree of traction on all areas, weather hazards and occasional spills.
Trips occur when you lose balance as a result of your foot colliding, hitting or striking an object, and you eventually fall.
Some of the common causes of trips include poor lighting, obstructed view, clutter in your path, uncovered cables, wrinkled carpeting, uneven walking surfaces, like thresholds and steps, and open bottom drawers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls can occur in different types of occupational settings.
It states that in most circumstances regarding fall accidents in the work environment, unstable, cluttered or slippery working or walking surfaces, wall openings and floor holes, unprotected edges, misused fall protection and unsafely positioned ladders are involved.
There are a number of effective ways to prevent slip, trip and fall accidents both at work and your home. Here is a look at some of the best tips to prevent these accidents:
Good Housekeeping: The first and most fundamental way to prevent potentially serious slip, trip, and fall accidents is good housekeeping. This includes the following:
If you do not practice good housekeeping, any other preventative measures you take to prevent these accidents, like specialty footwear, installing sophisticated flooring or training employees on safe walking and falling techniques, will never be completely effective.
Ensuring that employees’ always have a clutter-free, safe working environment will go a long way in preventing them from getting injured due to slips, trips, or falls.
Flooring: The next level in the prevention of slip and trip accidents is modifying or changing walking surfaces in the workplace.
Installing mats, replacing or recoating floors, using abrasive-filled paint-on coating or pressure-sensitive abrasive strips and synthetic or metal decking can further help in improving workplace safety and lower the risk of falling.
It is important to keep in mind that when you use high-tech flooring, you need to have good housekeeping practices as much as any other type of flooring.
Additionally, non-slippery, resilient flooring reduces or prevents foot fatigue and significantly contributes to prevention measures for slips, trips, and falls.
Walking Surfaces: A significant portion of injuries that are reported by state agencies occur on walking surfaces. The types of surfaces where injuries occur most frequently include:
It is critical to make sure that you maintain and take safety precautions on walking surfaces to keep employees and pedestrians safe.
Keep the following tips in mind to prevent slip, trip or falls outside your place of business:
Lighting: Creating and maintaining proper lighting in the workplace is another important step to prevent slip, trip and fall accidents. You should take the following steps to ensure that employees and others are safe from injuries:
Footwear: Wearing proper shoes can play quite a major role in preventing slips, trips and falls. It is critical to evaluate the type of heels and slickness of the soles of the footwear you wear in order to prevent such accidents.
Needless to say, shoelaces should always be tied properly and securely. Whenever there is investigation of a fall-related injury, you should evaluate the footwear to find out if it could have contributed to the accident. Employers should always wear footwear that is appropriate for the duties they perform.
Regular Inspections and Training: It is critical to conduct a routine inspection of all areas in the workplace to ensure that employees have a safe environment.
Make sure that all working and high-traffic areas are cleaned properly and kept free of any clutter. Remind everyone of the importance of keeping all tools and equipment in the appropriate places. A hammer in the wrong place or unseen by someone walking by could cause serious injury.
Employees should also be trained regularly on how to keep their work environment safe at all times. This training should be done on a routine basis so that both new and old employees know exactly what to do to ensure everyone’s safety.
Employees should also be properly trained before they use any equipment, especially those that could cause serious injury if not used properly or cautiously.
Unfortunately, countless people are injured on the job regularly at some point in their lives – many of these injuries are caused by slip, trip, and fall accidents.
What is even more unfortunate is that in most cases, the accident is not the injured person’s fault.
As slips, trips, and falls can happen to anyone and anywhere, it is paramount to know what you should do following such an accident.
This is especially true if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. By law, homes, walkways, parking lots and buildings must be maintained to make sure that people can travel them safely – this responsibility is known as premises liability.
Premises liability means that if you suffered serious injury on another person’s property after a slip, trip, and fall accident caused by the negligence of the property owner, you could be entitled to compensation for damages including medical bills, loss of income due to time off work, pain and suffering, etc.
If you have been in a slip, trip, and fall accident, there are steps that you should immediately take so that you can build the best possible case against the negligent party. These steps include the following:
Many people think that they can handle their personal injury cases by themselves, but this is a huge mistake you should avoid.
Whether the accident occurred at work or on someone’s property, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you in many ways, including:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should immediately seek legal help from Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at (212) 697-9280 and file a personal injury claim. If the accident occurred in your workplace, your legal pro will help you with workers’ compensation. With the help of a lawyer, you can make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.
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