Slips, trips and falls are among the most common causes of workplace injuries. However, there are steps that Pennsylvania companies can take to minimize the risk of their people getting hurt. For example, employers should strongly consider implementing comprehensive safety plans that can keep employees upright regardless of where they work.
Floors should be kept clean and dry
A floor that is covered in water, oil or other slippery substances can significantly increase a person’s risk of falling. The same is true of a floor that is covered by a ripped carpet, loose wires or other objects. Ideally, a company will have a maintenance crew that spends its working hours sweeping, mopping and otherwise keeping walkways in good condition.
The use of guardrails can keep workers safe at heights
Guardrails should be used to protect workers who are working on platforms that are more than six feet above the ground. It may also be a good idea to allow workers to wear harnesses to minimize their risk of falling directly to the ground below if they encounter danger at heights. It’s important to note that you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured while wearing any type of protective equipment.
If you are hurt at work, it’s generally in your best interest to seek treatment as quickly as possible. Furthermore, you are encouraged to file a workers’ compensation claim within 48 hours of obtaining medical attention. An attorney may be able to help you receive a financial award in a timely manner.