Top Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

Slip & Fall At Work

According to the National Safety Council, slips and falls are the second leading cause of workplace injuries. These accidents can result in serious injuries, lost productivity, and costly workers' compensation claims. To prevent workplace slip and fall accidents, employers and employees need to take proactive measures. Here are some tips to help you prevent slips and falls at work:

1. Keep Floors Clean and Dry

Wet, slippery floors are a significant cause of slip-and-fall accidents. Employers should implement a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule to prevent these accidents. This includes mopping up spills immediately, using slip-resistant mats in high-traffic areas, and providing adequate drainage in wet areas such as locker rooms and bathrooms. Employees should also do their part by reporting spills or wet floors to their supervisors and using caution when walking on wet surfaces.

2. Use Proper Footwear

Wearing proper footwear can help prevent slips and falls in the workplace. Employees should wear shoes with slip-resistant soles and avoid wearing shoes with high heels or smooth soles. Employers can also provide slip-resistant footwear to employees in high-risk areas such as kitchens or industrial settings.

3. Proper Lighting

Poor lighting can make it difficult to see potential hazards in the workplace, leading to slip-and-fall accidents. Employers should ensure that all work areas are well-lit and that any burned-out light bulbs are replaced immediately. Employees should also report any areas with poor lighting to their supervisors.

4. Clear Pathways

Cluttered and obstructed walkways can increase the risk of slip and fall accidents. Employers should ensure that all walkways are clear of obstacles and that cords and cables are properly secured. Employees should also be mindful of their surroundings and avoid placing objects in walkways.

5. Proper Training

Proper training is essential for preventing slip and fall accidents in the workplace. Employers should provide training on proper lifting techniques, using ladders and other equipment safely, and identifying and reporting potential hazards. Employees should also be encouraged to report any safety concerns to their supervisors.

West Plains Slip, Trip, & Fall Lawyers

At Henry, Williams & Kinder, P.C., we understand the impact slip and fall accidents can have on your life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help. Contact us today at (800) 526-1949 for a free consultation.

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