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Employers should watch for these slip-and-fall hazards

Depending on your profession, you may have serious concerns about the potential to be involved in a slip-and-fall accident in the future.

For example, if you work in the construction industry and your job sites are always full of clutter, you know that trouble is lurking around every corner.

Employers should do their best to watch for the most common slip-and-fall hazards, as doing so can help avoid a serious accident. Here are some of the many situations that can lead to a fall:

  • Wet or slick floors
  • Uneven walking surfaces
  • Dry floors with a powder or dust present
  • Loose mats or carpeting
  • Sloping floors
  • Using too much polish on a hard surface
  • Irregular or damaged steps
  • Cables or electrical cords
  • Damaged steps (including those on ladders)
  • Missing or damaged handrails on stairways
  • Lack of skid resistant surfaces
  • Weather hazards
  • Clutter and debris

As you can see, employers have a lot to look out for if they're going to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. From how much polish is used on the floors to the condition of ladders, it's easy for something to slip through the cracks.

Fortunately, with the right system in place, employers can lessen the likelihood of a slip and fall.

If you're part of this type of accident, don't attempt to get up off the floor if you're in pain. Instead, call for help, report what went wrong and wait for an ambulance to arrive.

If you're unable to return to work, you'll want to see if you qualify for workers' compensation benefits.

Source: Grainger, "6 Tips to Help Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls," accessed Feb. 22, 2018

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