Everyone at some point in their life falls victim to the pull of gravity. Whether one slips on a spilled liquid, trips over an electrical cord, or falls thanks to an icy patch outside of the grocery store, slip and fall accidents are not only one of the most common types of accidents, they’re one of the most dangerous. According to the US Department of Labor, slip and fall incidents are easily the most frequent accidents to occur in the workplace.
Below is a list of the most common causes of accidents involving falls and slips according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
- Wet or slick floors
- Broken, uneven sidewalks and walkways
- Slick mats or a lack of mats
- Unspooled or unkempt electrical cords
- Weather-related slips such as ice, sleet, and frost
Luckily, the Advocates have put together this easy explainer of the top 4 ways you can prevent potentially life-altering slip and fall injuries.
1. Where the Rubber Meets the Floor: Stop Slip and Falls in Their Tracks
One of the best ways to prevent slip and fall incidents in your workplace is to lay down rubber mats specifically designed to grip the shoes of anyone who walks upon them. Studies have shown that over 25,000 slip and fall incidents take place every single day in the United States. The best way to prevent such accidents from happening is by laying down proper matting that can reduce needless slips and falls. You should only us floor mats deemed to be ‘high traction’ by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) though. Anything below this standard is likely not adequate enough to keep people on their feet.
2. Whomever Spills It, Deals With it: Cleaning Up Prevents Accidents
The best rule of thumb when it comes to spilled liquids or food is that if you’re the one who spilled it, you are responsible for cleaning it up. If everyone follows this rule then dangerous spills can be taken care of ASAP and any potential slip and falls can be prevented. Errant food or liquid left on the floor is a legitimate hazard and should be cleaned up immediately. If you do not have the necessary cleaning materials to clean up the liquid or food ask someone to retrieve it for you while you stand guard in order to warn others of the dangerous spill.
3. A Sign of the Times: How Signs Can Prevent Slips
This brings us to our next best way to prevent slip and fall accidents: warning signs. If you spill a liquid on the floor one of the first things you should do is post signs warning the area poses a hazard to anyone walking nearby. Such signs should be colored bright yellow and easy to see from a distance. Even if you quickly clean up the slick surface you should station a warning sign anyway as a reminder to others to remain safe and be attentive to potentially dangerous surfaces.
4. Slip Shoes: Safety First, Fashion Later
The most proactive way to prevent becoming a victim of a slip and fall accident is to obtain a reliable pair of slip-resistant shoes. Technological advancements have come a long way and shoes are now able to grip the floor in some of the most slick situations. So do yourself a favor and pick up the best pair of slip-resistant shoes you can find on the market. Trust me. You’ll thank us later.
Contact The Advocates Today About Your Slip and Fall Case
Did you know that every year more than 8 million people are injured in accidents involving falls in the US alone? Oftentimes, these injuries could have been easily avoided by taking common sense precautions like the ones listed above. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident through no fault of your own, you will need an Advocate on your side to deal with the aftermath. The attorneys with The Advocates have decades of experience helping slip and fall accident victims just like you. Don’t wait to get back on your feet again. Contact our office today for a free evaluation of you case. You can either call us at (206) 452-4200 or chat online with a live attorney right now from our homepage. Don’t wait. Contact us today. You deserve an Advocate!