We’d all like to feel safe in our workspaces, but not everyone works behind a desk. Some jobs place employees at a greater risk for workplace accidents, including slip and fall accidents. Around 2.6 million non-fatal workplace accidents happen each year, with slips, trips, and falls, among the most common accidents occurring in the workplace, accounting for about 25% of all on-the-job injuries. Sadly, falls are the second most common cause of death in the workplace.
Slips occur when spilled liquids or oily floor surfaces cause too little friction between shoe treads and the floor or ground. Trips commonly occur when the foot hits an obstruction or debris on the floor, and falls may result from slips and trips as well as from unstable stair rails, ladders, ramps, and scaffolds.
Our Atlanta slip & fall lawyers understand that when employees sustain injuries on the job, it has a negative impact on productivity in the workplace and the cost of workers’ compensation insurance, as well as on the health and well-being of the injury victim.
Employers have a duty of care to keep their employees and customers safe in the workplace. Managers can minimize the risk of slip and fall accidents in the workplace by proactively preventing these accidents before they occur.
According to OSHA, employers can minimize the risk of workplace slip and fall accidents through the following safety practices:
It’s also important to use “wet floor” signs after mopping and to promptly clean any accidental spills or leaks.
By training employees to take specific precautions and reducing high-risk behaviors in the workplace, employers can help prevent slip and fall accidents. Some helpful employee practices include:
Many employers and employees have the mistaken belief that slip and fall accidents just happen and nothing can prevent them. While there is no way to prevent all falls, our Atlanta workplace injury lawyers recommend employers to help minimize fall risks by taking steps to prevent falls before they happen.
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