Why do indoor slip and fall accidents happen?

As an employee, you should always worry about your safety, health, and well being on the job.

Even if you do your best to avoid trouble, there's always a chance that something bad could happen at some point.

If you work indoors, such as in an office building, it's easy to believe that you'll never be injured. Although this appears to be safer than other jobs, such as those in the construction industry, this isn't always the case.

Here are some of the primary reasons why indoor slip and fall accidents occur:

-- A lack of warning in regards to slippery or wet floors.

-- Failing to place barriers as a means of closing off an area that is dangerous.

-- Faulty flooring, such as carpet that is pulled up and creating a trip hazard.

-- Stairs that are worn down or rounded.

-- Debris, such as paper, on the floor or stairs.

-- Missing or broken handrail.

Along with the above, escalators and elevators can also lead to indoor slip and fall accidents. For instance, a person may trip as the result of a sudden jerk by an elevator upon exiting.

The fact that indoor slip and fall accidents can happen for many reasons should put you on high alert at all times. Although you can't watch every step you take, you should do your best to avoid trouble at all costs.

If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, regardless of the reason, report it to your employer and make sure you receive immediate medical attention.

Source: FindLaw, "Indoor Slip and Fall Accident Conditions," accessed Dec. 01, 2016

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