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Slip & Fall Accident Attorney

Slip and fall injuries and accidents in the workplace account for up to 20% of workers' compensation payouts in the country. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that close to 50% of workplace fatalities are the result of slip and falls.

What causes slip and falls? How can you prevent it?

Slip and fall injuries can occur because of defective floors or slippery work conditions. There may be a lack of adequate signage that bars workers from entering work areas where floors are prone to slipping and falls. When safety guardrails and personnel restraints are not available or properly employed, falls can occur from elevated positions.

Falls are a major cause of injuries on a construction site, with falls from scaffolding, cranes, forklifts, and trucks accounting for a majority of the accidents. The frequency of slip and fall accidents can be greatly reduced if proper fall protection systems are in place. Employers must recognize fall hazards in the form of holes on the working surface, or unsafe conditions that may result in a fall like windy weather, and provide for adequate safety systems, body belts, harnesses, and guardrails for worker protection. Other ways to prevent these types of accidents include:

  • Any fall protection system that has been assembled must be inspected;
  • Fall protection systems should involve effective warning mechanisms to warn employees of hazardous areas;
  • Any holes on the construction site that are greater than 12 inches x 12 inches must be guarded;
  • Employers must make a solid commitment to the prevention of slip and fall accidents in the workplace;
  • Regular inspections must be conducted to locate slip and fall risks;
  • Sufficient lighting that illuminates all areas of the work place must be provided;
  • All workers must be provided with well-designed footwear with sufficient traction and slip resistance;
  • Footwear must also be provided depending on the weather conditions;
  • Truck and forklift operators must be prohibited from carrying riders on these vehicles; and
  • Any slip and fall accident in the workplace must be investigated thoroughly and recorded.

Lawyer Representing Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents

Were you injured in a preventable slip and fall? If this was caused by the negligence of a third party, you could likely have grounds to file a personal injury claim. If this occurred while at work, however, the circumstances will be different from your average claim. It is important that you have an industrial accident lawyer on your side who will be able to help explain the process and defend your legal rights. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we know what is on the line, and we are fully prepared to go the distance in our efforts to help you fight for maximum monetary compensation. Want to know more about how we can help you? Give our legal team a call today to schedule your initial case consultation.

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