Human Error: Slip and Falls
If there is one universal truth about mankind, it’s that we tend to be kind of clumsy. Even the best of us will knock over a full cup of coffee because we got too distracted on our phone. Sometimes it is the phone that will go flying because we were distracted by something else. Whatever it is that is slipping or falling it all comes back to the same point. That we have a tendency to slip, trip, drop, and fall all on our own. The last thing we need while we are tripping over our own feet is to have something there to help us slip and fall. For many Americans though that is an all too common occurrence. Working as a Daytona Beach slip and fall attorney, we have seen quite a few of them. To the point that slips and falls hold quite a few records in the injury books. Just to name a few of them:
- Slip and falls are the main cause of emergency room visits.
- Slip and falls are the primary cause of lost work days.
- Slip and falls are the main cause of worker’s compensation claims.
- Slip and falls are the main cause of occupational injuries for workers 55 and over.
Those are just the trophies that slip and fall accidents hold in first place. There is a long list of other facts about slip and fall accidents that will make you keep an eye on where you are walking.
You may not know this either, but a lot of slip and falls happen in the workplace. When you think of a slip and fall you most likely imagine someone spilling milk in a grocery store and someone else slipping on it. While this is one way that it can happen it is far from the only way. That is why so many worker’s compensation claims come from slip and fall. While they can create quite a few injuries and leave their fair share of bruises, luckily they don’t tend to be fatal. They still should be avoided if at all possible. Make sure your work area is always free of debris and that equipment is put away properly. All it takes is one broom sticking out a little bit too far to cause a slip and fall injury. Some other ways to reduce the chances of falls happening in the workplace are:
- Properly secure ladders when in use. Many falls occur while on ladders. Don’t place them on uneven surfaces, don’t go higher than the product recommends, and have someone to hold the ladder steady.
- You can never have too many signs when it comes to safety. This means general signs talking about proper safety and warning signs warning about potential dangers. whether it is a “watch your step” sign or a “wet floor sign”, don’t be afraid to use them.
- Bright colors are a great way to warn about obstacles on the floor. A bright yellow extension cord will be seen before a dull black one will. Brightly painted steps on a ladder are easier for your feet to find when climbing up and down them.
- Proper training is always essential in a work area. Most times you will hire someone and give them that proper training. If you are having someone from a different department fill in, however, give them a safety briefing beforehand.
Even with all these precautions and the actual fear that you might trip over something, there is always the area open to human error. We have all seen people trip over nothing before and I am sure you have been the one doing it. When that unexpected moment happens don’t hesitate to seek out medical help first, and legal help second by contacting Rue & Ziffra.