Published On: Sat, Apr 28th, 2018

5 Common Causes of Workplace Slip and falls as Well as How to Handle Them

Workplace slips and falls are common and only represent a small percentage of workplace accidents. A fall on the concrete floor can cause serious injuries that may require a worker to miss days of work or lead a disabled life. A fall can also cause fractures, sprains, head or neck injuries.

The law requires that every employee be insured while at the workplace in order to compensate them in case such situations occur and leave you with an injury.

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What are the common causes of slip and fall in the workplace?

Slip and fall accidents are the most common accidents at the place of work. A worker may sustain injuries on the knee, elbow, ankle, wrist, hip, back, head or shoulder from a fall. There are a variety of situations that may cause these fall accidents. They include:

  1. Wet floors – This is the most common cause of a slip and fall accident. A floor with either water, grease, spilled liquids or slippery tiles is a fall hazard. A freshly mopped floor should have a sign showing the danger ahead, otherwise it poses a safety hazard. Poor lighting on a staircase can also pose a great hazard.
  2. Poor work conditions – Ramps that do not have skid resistance are also dangerous. Uneven surfaces, muddy areas or cluttered work areas with tools and cables can also cause trip and fall accidents.
  3. Polished floors – Highly polished floors made from certain materials like marble, ceramic tiles or concrete can look beautiful to the eye but can be very slick when dry. When an office has such floors, it’s wise to install visible signs that are easily readable by all, including visitors.
  4. Floor openings – Holes on the floor where a worker can easily fall should be guarded by a railing on all sides to cover the opening. There should also be a sign that explains the danger ahead!
  5. Stairways – Staircases have contributed to many workplace injuries. The poor design of a stair with uneven steps or lack of a hand railing can cause a fall. Poor lighting is also a factor that contributes to falls due to misjudging the edge of a step.

What to do in case of a slip and fall

There are two important steps to take after a slip and fall accident in the workplace. These are:

  1. Notify your employer or any official representative who is nearby – This is to help prevent delays in your worker’s compensation benefits that include medical care. If you do not notify your supervisor or employer within 30 days, this prevents you from being eligible from receiving your worker’s compensation benefits. The best way to do it is to report immediately it happens even before you are taken to the hospital.  
  2. Receive emergency medical treatment for your injury immediately – Your medical care should be fully covered by your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance. Even if you do requiring emergency medical care, you should still have a medical examination by a doctor to find out whether you got a concussion or other injuries that may not show immediately. A doctor’s report will be helpful in obtaining the compensation benefits.

Author: Charlie Brown

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