Slip, Trip, And Fall Injuries
Slips, trips, and falls account for almost 20 percent of all work related injuries and more than 12 percent of all workers’ compensation expenses, costing employers roughly $40,000 per incident throughout the United States. According to the Center For Disease Control And Prevention, over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury every year. These reports also indicate that more than 19,560 people die throughout the United States each year due to fall related injuries.
In addition to serving as the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, slip, trip, and fall accidents make up for more than 40 percent of fatal falls among-st older Americans and can also cause broken bones, internal organ damage, fractures, long-term medical complications, head trauma, spinal cord injures and more. Statistics indicated through the OSHA website state that these injuries normally result in more than 10 days away from work and cause roughly 15 percent of all accidental deaths.<
Additional slip, trip, and fall statistics are shown below:
- 1 in 6 of all lost time work injuries are a result of slips, trips, and falls
- over 60 percent of injuries obtained through same level falls occurred through the wholesale, retails, and serves industries
- more than 15 percent of same level fall injuries were obtained through the manufacturing sector
- roughly 20 to 30 percent of individuals who experience a slip and fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries (bruises, hip fractures, head injuries, etc.)
- common fractures as a result of a slip and fall accident include spine, hip, forearm, ankle, leg, upper arm, pelvis, and hand
The two main types of workplace falls are same level and elevated. While same level falls have accounted for more than 60 percent of all fall-related injuries, elevated falls are known to be more severe. According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics, elevated falls cause a wide range of injuries, most commonly to the victims head, chest, abdomen, spine, or pelvis.
Fortunately, many of these injuries can be easily prevented. By using common-sense precautionary methods such as checking the sturdiness and quality of ladders, making sure there are no wet surfaces on loading docks, applying proper employee slip-resistant footwear, inspecting all elevated work vehicles, and avoiding poorly lit stairwells, the number of slip and falls injuries could be reduced significantly.
Many ladder related injuries occur when workers reach out too far while on the ladder or get their clothing caught on one of the ladder rungs. Additionally, if any ladders go un-inspected, there could be cracks, sharp edges, or even loose rungs that could cause serious injury.
Loading docks responsible for slip and fall injuries can often be found with wet or slippery surfaces and employees without slip-resistant footwear. Additional loading dock hazards include non skid-resistance surfaces and railings. Poorly lit stairwells or stairways with faulty handrails can increase the risk of falls and block employees vision when carrying large objects.
This could potentially obstruct the employees vision, causing them to trip and fall. Failure to properly inspect elevated vehicles can result in employee falls from truck beds and vehicle stairways due to slippery steps on any trucks, tractors, wagons, or trailers.
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Workplace falls are among the most common occupational injuries and can result in days off work with no pay. If you or someone you know suffered a workplace fall related injury, do not hesitate to call the Florida Workers Compensation Help Center and speak with a lawyer now. They will help you get the compensation you deserve so that you can simply focus on your recovery.