Ways to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can happen any time of year. However, during the winter, slip and fall accidents occur more frequently. This is due to inclement weather causing slippery floors and walkways.

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.

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These are just the number of people that go to a hospital emergency room. Think about the countless others who slip and fall, but aren’t hurt seriously enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room.

Because this is such a common type of injury, it’s important to be on the lookout for things that might cause you to slip and fall.

Wet Floors

If you are in a public building, such as an office building or a grocery store, be sure to look out for wet floors. This could be caused by water being tracked in from outside on a rainy day or it could be from a spill. Either way, if you see that the floor is wet, be sure to avoid that area and alert someone who can clean up the water.

Uneven or Broken Flooring

This can be even more difficult to detect than wet floors because uneven or broken flooring is harder to see. However, look out for pieces of flooring that are pulling up or are missing. These can be easy to overlook, potentially being a tripping hazard for you and others. Again, if you see flooring that you deem to be unsafe, tell someone about it so they can fix it.

Unprotected or Unmarked Ledges

An unprotected ledge could be as little as a step that isn’t painted. It could also be a larger drop that doesn’t have a handrail. Either way, these can be very dangerous if you are unaware of them. We won a case against a concert venue for this very reason. Our client didn’t see a ledge that should have been marked and protected. As a result, she fell and severely broke her leg.

Broken Handrails

Handrails are there for a reason. They are used in areas where there might be a drop on the other side, or if the walkway is steep. If you see one that is broken or not functioning properly, avoid putting your weight on it. Further, avoid touching it at all. If it’s broken, even a little pressure might be all it takes for it to become even more dangerous, hurting yourself or others.

Slip and fall accidents happen often, but if you look for the common causes of these accidents, you can reduce your risk of being injured. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident and have questions, please contact us or call us at 800-676-5295. We offer a free consultation to new clients to help determine what your options are and how we can help.