Every day, 25,000 people suffer a slip, trip or fall of some sort while on the job. This, accounting accounts for a full 65 percent of missed work days workdays due to on-the-job injuries.
The High Cost of Falls
Slips, trips and falls end up costing cost your company a lot more than simply lost work days workdays and productivity. In terms of real dollars, accidents that involve involving a fall of some sort come with a high dollar value.
• The average medical cost of a single slip-related injury comes out around $12,000.
• Litigating a slip and fall injury costs companies approximately $50,000 per incident.
• Slip and fall incidents are the leading cause of injury for employees 55 and older.
• All told, workman’sWorkers’ compensation and medical costs from accidents associated with slips and falls total around $70 million annually.
What Causes Falls?
Slip and fall incidents can happen anywhere in the workplace. Ramps and other uneven surfaces, heavy traffic areas, cluttered workspaces, ladders, stairs and areas prone to spills or wet conditions are hotspots.
It is important to note, however, that flooring doesn’t need to be cluttered or slippery to cause a slip and fall incident. Flooring doesn’t need to be cluttered or slippery to cause a slip and fall incident, however. In almost 2 million cases every year, the incident is directly caused simply by the type or condition of flooring in the workplace, according to the National Flooring Safety Institute. Worn surfaces, cracked tile or loose carpet are incidents just waiting to happen.
Keeping the Workplace Safe
There are a number of ways that working conditions can be made safe in terms of slip, trip and fall threats.
Many of the ways to prevent these types of accidents can be attributed to using common sense safety precautions, including:
• Not using chairs or other unapproved objects as ladders or step stools.
• Keeping electrical or other cords out of high-traffic areas.
• Keeping walkways free of clutter.
• Making sure all passageways are easily navigable.
• Cleaning spills immediately and preventing use of these areas until they are fully dry.
• Keeping all areas of the workplace well-lit.
• Performing necessary maintenance for any areas of damaged floors.
Although slip and fall incidents are particularly costly in the workplace, they are also very commonplace and dangerous at home. Many of these common sense safety precautions can also be used at home in an effort to prevent slips, trips and falls.
If you have been injured from a slip and fall accident due to the negligence of someone else, call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez at (702) 388-4476 to schedule your free consultation today.