Stumbling or falling is a common accident, and many workers become injured as a result of these accidents every year. What conditions could lead to a slip, trip or fall accident in the workplace?
What can create workplace slip, trip and fall hazards?
You may work every day in an environment with various hazards that increase your risk of a slip, trip or fall. Some of these include:
- Poor lighting — Burned-out bulbs, dim lights and shadows can make it difficult for people to see and respond to other hazards.
- Clutter — Boxes, power cords, wires and other items in walking paths could be a serious tripping hazard.
- Uneven flooring — Broken or uneven flooring can quickly become a tripping hazard if workers are unaware of it. Even floor mats intended to help workers grip the floor could be a tripping hazard if they become bunched or wrinkled.
- Slippery surfaces — Wet floors, icy sidewalks and even freshly cleaned surfaces can make it difficult for a person to remain safe as they walk. This is why it is essential to mark wet floors with a sign.
- Ladders, scaffolding and other elevated platforms — Working at a height can put workers at risk of severe injuries if they fall. Workers should have appropriate training and safety equipment when working in these conditions.
Falls—even falls close to the ground—can create serious injuries for workers. The National Safety Council notes that more than 200,000 workers spent time away from work due to a fall. While falls from a greater height usually result in more serious injuries, any slip or fall can lead to broken bones, sprains, strains and other injuries.
If you experienced a fall in the workplace and now need medical care for your injuries, you may want to explore your options for workers’ compensation. This support could help you as you heal.