Every employer has a legal duty to ensure that the workplace is safe for his or her employees and customers alike. However, many types of working environments prone to slip and fall accidents are not properly maintained, leading to the danger that workers, customers, and visitors may suffer injury or death from an avoidable slip and fall accident. Therefore it is important to understand what types of work environments pose the most hazards for these types of accidents.
The Nature of Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slip and fall accidents account for over 16,000 fatalities every year. Non-fatal injuries stemming from these accidents include broken and fractured bones, brain injuries and contusions. Furthermore, these types of accidents may place the individual at risk from other causes, such as when a mechanic slips in front of a moving vehicle.
High Risk Working Environments
The most common types of working environments prone to slip and fall accidents are those that involve any type of physical labor. Working in a warehouse, industrial plant or retail store can all expose workers and customers to risk. Among the most common reasons for a slip and fall accident are the following:
- Slippery or wet surfaces, especially floors and stairs.
- Improperly secured work equipment, such as ladders and loading ramps.
- Inadequate lighting in work or walk areas.
- Improper training in safety procedures and equipment.
Retail markets, ranging from supermarkets to warehouse style stores, pose a high risk of slip and fall accidents. Workers often fail to properly post warnings around hazards such as slippery floors or unsecured equipment. These establishments also have a large number of customers present, which can drastically increase the probability of an accident.
Industrial plants often have work areas that suffer from high noise levels and low lighting. This makes it very likely that workers may suffer from a slip and fall accident due to being unable to see an obstacle or hear warnings from their fellow workers. In addition, many managers fail to ensure that that all workplace safety regulations are followed by their employees. Construction SitesConstruction sites can be especially prone to slip and fall accidents. Construction workers find themselves working on roofs and other areas where slip and fall accidents commonly occur. In addition, many construction sites are located in areas with rough terrain and poor lighting, making these types of accidents even more likely.
Finally, because of the number of individual contractors working at most construction sites, the enforcement of state and federal safety regulations can be uneven. When a slip and fall accident occurs, it is important to immediately seek out effective legal assistance. If the accident was due to negligence on the part of the employee’s coworkers or managers, he or she can receive compensation for any injuries or other damages suffered due to the accident. The wide range of types of working environments prone to slip and fall accidents demands the assistance of a lawyer skilled in litigating these types of cases.
The law firm of Eric J. Hertz, P.C. is experienced in handling slip and fall cases. The firm’s lawyers can help the victim of this type of accident understand his or her legal options. Anyone who has suffered a slip and fall accident should immediately contact the law offices of Eric J. Hertz, P.C. for a consultation regarding their particular case.
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