While everyone is occasionally prone to that momentary lapse in judgment or carelessness that can cause an accidental fall, most accidents can well be avoided by practicing workplace safety. Every year, thousands of employees are injured (sometimes fatally) due to preventable workplace accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips and falls cause most industrial accidents.
The U.S. Department of Labor has reported that those slip and fall accidents are responsible for 15 percent of all accidental industrial deaths per year. In addition, they are behind 25 percent of reported injuries in the workplace and cause 65 percent of missed work days by employees (about 95 million employees). Many of these industrial accidents could easily have been avoided with a little bit of conscientiousness by the employees themselves.
Common Causes of Fall Injury Accidents
- Wet/oily floors
- Dusty floors
- Uneven flooring
- Loose carpeting/mats
- Changes in flooring surfaces (i.e smooth to gritty)
- Missing tiles etc.
- Damaged or irregular steps
- Sloping surfaces
- Dirty shoe soles
- Clutter/loose debris
- Loose cords or cables
- Damaged/bent ladder steps
- Ramps and gang planks without skid-resistant surfaces
- Metal flooring surfaces – dock plates, construction plates
- Weather exposure
How to Reduce Falls and Increase Safety
- Implement a program to ensure that all work stations are clean at all times. Assign specific tasks at specific times if necessary or enforce the cleaning of work stations immediately upon switching to a new work station for all employees.
- Keep floors properly swept and cleaned throughout the day. This includes, food stations, break stations, walkways, around equipment and rest rooms.
- Keep a proper watch for industrial debris and random obstacles from falling on the floor. Immediately remove or clean/pick-up things that fall to the floor, including sawdust/powder, tools, cables and liquids like beverages or oil.
- Ensure proper lighting is set up everywhere so that all debris and spills can be easily viewed.
- Repair all malfunctioning equipment and/or flooring problems immediately — never wait.
- Keep all cautionary signs in an open and easily viewable area.
- Make sure that all employees keep the soles of their shoes clean and dry at all times.
Slip and Fall Attorneys
The fact is that not all slip and fall injuries can be avoided. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a slip and fall, contact the attorneys at Holzer Edwards. We have a team of attorneys that are dedicated to helping individuals and families receive compensation for injuries that could have been avoided by following these simple safety rules. Our lawyers have a history of success in slip and fall cases. Please give us a call today at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.