Falls constitute a large portion of workplace accidents and often result
in lost productivity, lost wages, and lasting physical harm to the employees
involved. They can result from wet floors, unkempt walkways, inadequate
flooring, or any other inadequate structuring, cleanliness, or maintenance
of areas intended for foot traffic. While they are common in the
construction industry, they can happen in any place of work if conditions are not held to a
high standard of cleanliness, organization, and overall safety.
Best Practices for Avoiding Workplace Injuries
While the possibility of a serious, life-changing workplace injury may
be daunting, such accidents are entirely avoidable. Workers in any industry
can participate in keeping their environment safe by making an active
commitment to good housekeeping in the workplace. Establishing the importance
of deliberate maintenance often begins with those in leadership, but keeping
the workplace safe requires the participation of employees at every level
and can virtually eliminate the possibility of serious injury.
In order to prevent slips, trips, and falls in the workplace, the first
step is to ensure that walkways are clear of clutter. This can be done
through simple attention and initiative to do things like:
- Pick up discarded wrappers
- Wipe up unattended spills
- Keep doorways free of obstacles
- Report slippery, damaged, or inadequately maintained flooring
- Eliminate clutter and unnecessary crowding in the workplace
Employees can also keep walkways clean and passable by making sure they
themselves are not contributing to the danger. By not reporting slippery,
unsanitary, or otherwise inadequate walkway conditions, employees fail
to keep themselves and their coworkers safe. Employees can also contribute
to dangerous conditions by tracking toxic, wet, or slippery substances
into the workplace or habitually blocking walkways and exits.
Experienced Greenwich Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have already experienced a slip, trip, or fall at work and are suffering
as a result, let Ivey Barnum & O’Mara, LLC be your advocates.
While you can help improve workplace conditions to avoid falls, your workplace
injury may still be the result of inadequately maintained facilities and
lack of maintenance by your employer or the property owner. You may be
entitled to compensation for the damage and suffering you are experiencing.
Call us at (203) 718-4002 or schedule a free case evaluation
with one of our Greenwich personal injury attorneys today.