Slips, trips, and falls in the workplace make up the majority of general industry accidents in the U.S. In most states, those types of accidents are one of the top five causes for workers’ compensation claims.
The biggest contributing factors to slips, trips, and fall accidents are wet or slippery surfaces, environmental conditions like snow, ice or rain, insufficient or inadequate lighting, and changes in elevation. Changes in elevation often occurs when the front foot lands on a lower surface than expected, and it can be one of the most dangerous types of falls. In addition, in many cases workers do not take the proper precautions to guard against falls. They may carry objects that are too heavy or awkward, or may block their view.
There are several steps employers should take to protect their employees against falls. The most important thing to do is to create a culture of safety, which includes educating employees about how these accidents occur, how to prevent them, as well as how their own responsibility can play a part in avoiding slips, trips, and falls. You should also considering requiring employees to wear certain types of footwear. Employers should also carefully examine their flooring, and what can be done to the floor to make it safer.Employees who suffer workplace injuries, such as falls, have a legal right to compensation. They may seek workers’ compensation, or they may be able to file a lawsuit for their damages. If you have been injured in an accident in the workplace, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit our Facebook page to learn more