Slip-and-fall accidents: All too common in the workplace

Regardless of where you work, your title, or your job responsibilities, you expect your employer to provide a safe environment.

Yet every year, workers throughout the United States are injured by a slip-and-fall accident on the job. Even if you do your best to watch every step you take, there is no guarantee that you can prevent this type of accident. Just when you least expect it, you could lose your footing and find yourself on the ground.

Floors can be dangerous

It goes without saying that most places of business clean, wax and mop their floors. They do this for many reasons, such as to keep them clear of debris and looking good at all times.

A slip-and-fall accident can result from the following:

  • Failure to use signs that tell workers that a floor is being cleaned or is wet
  • Failure to close off an area that is unsafe for walking, such as one that was recently cleaned
  • The uneven application of polish or wax
  • The use of polish or wax on stairs
  • Failing to use a non-skid cleaner when it makes sense to do so

In addition to floors, stairs can also be extremely dangerous. Some of the top causes of slip-and-fall accidents on stairs include:

  • When a step is rounded or worn out
  • When a step is missing
  • Debris on the steps, including paper, trash, gum or any other type of hazard
  • A missing or broken handrail

If you find yourself on the ground after a slip-and-fall accident, you should call for immediate help. You don't want to wait longer than you have to in order to receive medical treatment.

Once you understand your injury and the treatment you require, you can then turn your attention to the cause.

If you are unable to return to work in the near future, don't wait to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. You may be able to receive compensation until you can return to your job.

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