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Hazards in the Workplace
In this post, we wanted to provide tips on preventing workplace accidents involving slip and fall accidents. You will also learn how to hold those responsible, get compensated for injuries due to a fall accident at work, and the possibility of a successful injury claim.
In 2018, According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 240,000 slip, trip, and fall accidents with 791 resulting in fatalities within the workplace.
15% of all accidental deaths in the U.S. result from a slip, trip, or fall accident.
25% of all personal injury claims are due to fall-related accidents accounting for almost 100 million missed workdays per year.
According to the National Safety Council, 2016 statistics fall hazards in the workplace resulted in the subsequent injuries and deaths:
- Construction: 24,700 injured, 383 deaths
- Manufacturing: 22,040 injured, 49 deaths
- Transportation and Warehousing: 23,490 injured, 46 deaths
- Professional and Business Services: 22,090 injured, 111 deaths
- Educational and Health Services: 43, 660 injured, 18 deaths
- Government: 63,350 injured, 44 deaths
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in the Workplace
We can all point to a specific moment in time that we have experienced a slip, trip, or fall, whether it was due to us not paying attention, water, or an uneven walkway. Hopefully, nothing serious happened during your fall event, but unfortunately, people are injured in fall accidents every day, resulting in minor injuries, broken bones, and sometimes even death.
Common slip and fall accident scenarios include:
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Wet, damp, greasy, or waxed floors
- Obstacles in walkways
- Wiring and cables
- Missing handrails
- Damaged and missing steps
Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents At Work
Because the workplace is a high commonplace for slip and fall accidents, it is essential what hazards and conditions to look out for to prevent slip and fall accidents and keep all employees protected.
Quick prevention tip: keep all walkways clear of clutter, shut all cabinets and drawers when not in use, cover all cables, replace broken light bulbs, and wear proper clothing and shoes.
Keep the Workplace Organized and Clean
Maintain excellent organizational practices of all work equipment, workspaces, walkways, and tools. Keep floors free of debris, vacuumed, and honest. Secure any items on shelving that may potentially be knocked over, becoming a trip hazard. Avoid leaving boxes and clutter in and around doorways and aisles. Taking the extra time to organize and declutter will increase the safety of the workplace.
Use Floor Markings
In workspaces with potential hazards throughout a workspace, warn pedestrians and workers with floor markings to safely guide travel. Use safety tape and directional arrows as floor markings whenever possible.
Use Safety Signs and Labels
Inform workers and visitors of potential fall hazards in the workplace using highly visible signs and labels.
Use proper lighting
Improve walkways around entrances, exits, and throughout the workspace with adequate lighting to avoid slip, trip, and fall hazards. In emergencies, proper lighting can increasingly help guide people safely.
Eliminate slippery surfaces
Floors should be regularly monitored for any fluid spills or wetness. Spills should be cleaned immediately and visible warnings signs used. In the case of potential weather hazards, all entrances and exits should be clearly labeled as potential hazards.
Conducting a Workplace Slip and Fall Audit
Scanning walkways and high-traffic areas and auditing the cleaning and maintenance procedures of your business, is the first step in minimizing slip and fall accidents if you know in advance where fall risk may occur, you will be able to prevent problems areas.
Fall audits should be a regular part of a fall prevention plan and should be conducted consistently. Create a daily, weekly, and monthly evaluation of all workspace areas.
Speak With A Workers Compensation Lawyer For Help
Suppose you have been injured in a slip and fall accident while at work, speak with an experienced slip and fall lawyer to discuss your possible injury case today. Workplace injuries happen often, and our team of professionals has successfully helped seek compensation for victims of workplace injuries. Please do not wait to speak with a lawyer, seek the justice you deserve by calling (561) 777-7700 or filling out our online case evaluation form.