Every year, slip and fall accidents rank as among the top reasons for workers compensation claims. Slip and fall accidents are extremely common on job sites and in the workplace, and unlike some safety hazards at work, slip and fall accidents can happen in almost any job setting, from a construction site to an office building.

Workers need to be aware of slip and fall hazards, but these kinds of accidents are rarely the fault of the employee who ends up falling. There are several different circumstances that can lead to slip and fall accidents on the job, such as certain cleaning supplies and cluttered areas. Being aware of these can certainly help prevent some of these slip and fall accidents, although they can still happen no matter how safe you are being.

Wet Floors

A wet floor can be a major hazard for workers. Wet floors can come from a number of different sources. Stores like grocery stores and restaurants are often culprits for wet floors, either because someone spilled something or because the area had been mopped and not dried. Employers need to make sure that wet floors are marked with signs or cleaned up promptly, but this does not always happen. Even if you are wearing non slip shoes, you could still slip on the job. Almost every type of job can experience wet floor accidents from cleaning or spills.

Injuries from slipping and falling on a wet floor can include broken bones, bruises, or even neck or head injuries. In some cases, these injuries can even be disabling and can leave you with expensive medical bills, all because someone was not careful when they were cleaning at your job.

Weather

Bad weather is another major culprit for slip and fall accidents. Just like with wet floors, employers are responsible for keeping the area where you work safe. This includes the areas inside and outside your place of work as well, where the parking lots and sidewalks need to be salted in the case of ice and snow and entryways need to remain as clear and dry as possible.

So when it has been raining or snowing or if there is ice on the sidewalks, workers coming to and leaving work run the risk of slipping and falling on the slippery surfaces. Sometimes, people walking through the snow, ice, or rain can track it inside, and if it is not cleaned up quickly, workers could slip and fall inside as well.

Clutter

Staircases, hallways, and even open floor space can be dangerous if it is not kept clear of clutter. It is easy to trip over things in crowded spaces. This can include wires to computers and lights, items being stored inconveniently, or general clutter that other employees or your employer has not put away or straightened up. These hazards can get even worse if the area is poorly lit, like a staircase. If you are having a hard time seeing where you are going and there is clutter around, you could easily trip and fall through no fault of your own.

Hazardous Floors

If you work in a space that has floorboards or carpeting, you could still run the risk of tripping or slipping and falling. If a floorboard is loose or wobbly, or if carpeting has come loose, you could easily catch a foot on this loose flooring and trip or slip.

The reason that slip and fall accidents are so common is because they can happen in any kind of job at any time and under several different circumstances. Furthermore, the kinds of injuries that result from slip and fall accidents are extremely painful. You could hurt your head and get a concussion, or you could even hurt your neck or spine if you fall the wrong way. These kinds of injuries can quickly become very serious. Some victims of these kinds of injuries can be permanently disabled, meaning that you may never be able to return to work and earn a wage to cover your medical bills or your regular bills.

If you have been hurt on the job in an slip and fall accident, contact our offices to get in touch with a Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer. You can receive benefits to cover your medical bills and your lost wages. Your lawyer will help you make sure everything is in order when you file your claim and can ensure that you get the full amount of benefits you deserve.

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