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Why do stairway falls happen at work?

Depending on your profession and the setup of your office, there’s a good chance you find yourself using stairways throughout your day.

For example, you may need to climb a few flights of stairs to reach your office. You may not consider this a safety risk, but you should think twice before you take your next step.

There are many factors that can contribute to a stairway fall, including but not limited to the following:

  • Slips: There are many causes of slips on stairways, including moisture and debris. You need to take notice of anything on the stairs that increase your risk of falling.
  • Hurrying: At times, you’ll find yourself in a rush. If you’re in a hurry and using stairs, there’s a greater chance of a slip and fall (such as by missing a step).
  • Lack of lighting: It’s a must that you’re able to see where you’re going, as well as any dangers that lie ahead. With a lack of lighting, it’s not always easy to plan out your next step.
  • Short or long step: You assume that every step will be the same height, but this isn’t always the case. A short or long step can throw you for a curve, thus resulting in a misstep and a fall to the ground.

If you’re part of a stairway fall at your place of employment, call for immediate help. You shouldn’t attempt to move if you’ve suffered an injury, such as a broken bone or serious laceration.

Once you receive initial treatment and understand your long-term prognosis, you can look into whether or not you’re in position to file a workers’ compensation claim.


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