Falls can occur across a number of worksite environments throughout New Jersey and the United States. Whether working at a warehouse, construction site or office building, employees run the risk of becoming injured in a slip and fall accident.
According to the National Safety Council, 48,060 people were injured and 697 people died from falls at the workplace in one year alone. Falls can cause serious long-term injuries, including traumatic brain damage, broken bones, nerve damage and even
How can falls occur?
There are myriad ways falls can occur at the workplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the most common ways people fall at the workplace include the following:
- Mispositioned ladders
- Holes in the floor
- Cluttered or slippery surfaces
If workers are not properly trained on how to stay safe at work, it can lead to serious accidents.
How to prevent workplace falls
Worksite falls are completely preventable. It is critical to ensure all equipment is in good working order. Employers must routinely check and maintain ladders, scaffolding and forklifts to ensure they are safe for employees to use.
Furthermore, employers should make sure employees receive safety training on how to use equipment before they begin. Workers should scan all equipment and the worksite before starting a job. They must also ensure they use the right equipment for the task at hand. Continued checks to make sure safety devices are in place is also important.
Messy, cluttered areas should be cleaned up immediately to reduce the risk of a slip-and-fall.
Ultimately, employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment for their employees.