The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released some startling statistics on workplace injuries. Slip and fall accidents:
· Are the #1 cause of workers’ compensation claims.
· Are the #1 reason for missed work-22 percent of cases result in more than a month of missed work.
· Are the #1 cause of death in the construction industry-with most fatalities occurring in workers ages 45-54, and more than one-third of fatal falls occurring from a height of under 15 feet.
While those numbers may seem discouraging, many workplace slip-and-fall accidents are preventable. Today we provide a few tips to preventing such accidents at work:
· Avoid slipping hazards. If floors are wet, post signs warning employees of this hazard. In the event of a spill, be sure to clean it up promptly.
· Avoid tripping hazards. Ensure that walkways are open, free of obstacles that one could trip over. If there are cables or cords running through a walkway, make sure that these are taped down and covered. Ensure that drawers and filing cabinets are kept closed when not in use.
· Ensure good visibility. Make sure that the work space is well lit. Replace light bulbs as soon as they burn out.
If you’ve sustained an injury due to a fall at work, ask yourself whether your employer took the above safety precautions. If you believe your employer’s negligence is the cause of your injury, gather evidence, and take pictures of unsafe conditions as appropriate. Then consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.