The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) collects and records information and data related to workplace accidents all around the country. According to its findings slip and fall accidents are consistently the most common type of serious or fatal accident. In fact, people falling from heights accounts for nearly 400 deaths a year in America. An unknown but presumably much higher number of workers will be seriously injured due to any type of fall, including slipping in place and landing painfully.
If you get hurt in a slip and fall accident at work, then you should be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits, granted you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance provided by your employer. It is better to stay in good health, of course, and so preventing slip and fall accidents should be a priority.
You, your coworkers, and your employers can help stop slip and fall accidents with:
- Proper gear: All workers should be provided proper safety equipment that helps prevent slip and fall accidents. Workplaces with wet or slippery floors should require boots or nonslip shoes. Construction workers required to climb heights should be given harnesses, catches, and other preventative gear.
- Steady equipment: Any equipment used by an employee to reach a higher object or ascend to a new height must be steady, well-made, and regularly inspected. Wobbly ladders and poorly-constructed scaffolding are major offenders when it comes to causing slip and fall accidents in the workplace.
- Safety training: Every employer has a responsibility to ensure each employee is given adequate safety training. Depending on the possible dangers of a workplace, retraining might be necessary once a year, or sooner.
- Buddy system: Ask a coworker or supervisor to come with you whenever you are required to climb at work. They can hold ladders steadily, watch your footing and what is above you as you ascend and descend, and keep a safe, clear perimeter around where you are climbing. Many slip and fall accidents are caused by passersby bumping into the ladder or scaffolding holding the climber.
- Cleanliness: Workplace tidiness is an absolute must to help prevent slip and fall accidents. No puddles of water or other liquids should be permitted to remain for any longer than it takes to clean it up. Debris should be routinely dusted away from walking paths.
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