Workplace falls account for an average of 16% of all claims filed and comprise 5% of all job-related fatalities. Workplace falls in Pennsylvania occur due to wet and uneven surfaces where employees lose their traction. Common causes of falls include loose floorboards, recently waxed or mopped floors and loose mats.
Improper training also contributes to workplace falls if employees don’t know to avoid certain areas or are not provided the necessary equipment. Wearing improper footwear contributes to 24% of all workplace falls, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
How to avoid workplace falls
If you want to avoid falls in the workplace, it’s important to immediately clean any spills that occur. Mark the area where moisture is present to remind employees to use caution. Removing obstacles from the walkways and keeping the area free of clutter will also ensure that work areas are safe to navigate.
Wearing proper shoes with good traction will give you more grip on slippery surfaces. Replace shoes that become worn to reduce the risk of workplace falls.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
If you suffer from a fall in the workplace, contact a legal professional to assist you with your personal injury case. An attorney can inform you of your rights and walk you through each step of the process. Whether you have medical bills or have suffered emotional trauma, they’ll also review all evidence and the details of the case to ensure that you can take the necessary action to receive the compensation you deserve. In addition to personal injury claims, an attorney can assist you with related matters, including social security disability and workers’ compensation.