Slip and fall workplace accidents are much more common than you think and they are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration, slip and fall accidents are responsible for 15% of all workplace fatalities, 25% of workplace injuries and they lead to 17% of disabling injuries.
Employers in Plymouth are obligated by law to ensure their workplaces are free from hazards that can lead to slips and falls. They are also obligated to train their employees on safety protocols and to provide safety equipment for them if their jobs are a pose a danger to them.
Even though employers have a financial incentive to reduce the risk of slip and fall workplace accidents, some of them do not bother to do so. If you are a victim of a slip and fall accident at your workplace, you have a right to hire a slip and fall injury lawyer in Plymouth who can help you seek the compensation you deserve. In addition to ensuring that you are compensated for your losses, your Plymouth slip and fall lawyer will also ensure that what happened to you at your workplace does not happen to anyone else.
Most slip and fall workplace accidents are avoidable. We have used OSHA guidelines to discuss five ways that employers can ensure safety in the workplace.
1. Workplace Should be Free of Slip and Fall Hazards
- There should be sufficient lighting in a work areas, paths and aisles. Workers should not struggle to see what’s in front of them while working.
- Stairs should have hand rails and they should also be well lit. slip resistant flooring should be installed in high risk areas such as ramps and stair treads. Changes in elevation such as areas where there are bumps and the edges of steps should be brightly marked.
- High traffic areas with wet floors should have non-slip mats especially during winter.
2. Design Processes Should Prevent Sip and Fall Workplace Accidents
Certain work processes and machines discharge fluids and particles than can create slippery floors. You can create a safer work environment by:
- Giving your workers platforms, non-slip mats and other dry surfaces to stand on when wet processes are part of the job.
- Isolate certain type of machinery or operations that cause liquid spills and slippery surfaces.
- All cords, hoses, computer cables and tubing should be removed from walkways to prevent tripping hazards
- An exhaust ventilation should be installed to remove condensation, steam, particulates and dust.
3. Maintain Housekeeping
- Ditches or deep holes should have brightly colored barricades around them to prevent slips and falls.
- Walk areas that have cracks or holes should filled or patched.
- All underground irrigation systems should be highlighted or covered.
- Stone or gravel should not be used in landscaping and neither should mulch, stone or gravel be used on walkways.
- Workers that work on ladders, roofs and other high surfaces should use safety equipment at all times.
- Ladders should not be placed in doors that open to the outside unless the door is guarded or locked.
- All corridors, walkways and passageways should be clear of all obstructions.
- All work areas should be kept clean and dry.
- Prepare for Seasonal Ice and Snow Removal.
- It’s always a great idea to inform your staff about whe snow and ice are predicted. Use proper channels such as email, texts, etc.
- When it rains and during winter months, it’s a good idea to have additional mats in entrances
- Ensure there are people assigned to mitigate any dangers posed by ice and snow at building entrances, walkways, parking lots and garages.
- Wherever possible, use snow removal methods that do not involve workers going to the roof such as the use of snow rakes, and de-icing materials.
4. Train Personnel on Workplace Safety.
All employees should avoid the following behaviors:
- Failing to wear protective gear or using safety equipment
- Carrying too many objects at once
- Running in the workplace
- Leaving equipment lying around
- Using improper tools such as chairs or desks to reach high areas. They should use ladders or step stools.
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If you have been involved in a slip and fall workplace accident in Plymouth call an experienced lawyer from Kevin P Landry law Offices for a free initial consultation. You deserve workers’ compensation not only for your medical expenses but also for other damages such as lost wages. Call us at 508-746-2700.