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How To Prevent Falls at Work

By Kenton Koszdin on June 21, 2018 | In Workers Compensation

How To Prevent Falls at Work

You may be surprised to learn that falls is the third-leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths in the U.S. But here is an even more remarkable fact: Depending on the industry, falls can be the leading cause of death in the workplace.

Each year, 600 workers die in falls from a higher level – mostly construction workers – with 47,000 more injured seriously enough to take days off work. But the fall doesn’t have to be from a high level to cause fatal injuries – in fact, there were almost 600 additional fatalities from “same level” falls across all industries including construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, transportation, business services, education, and government.

That is because falls can happen anywhere, even workers at “desk jobs.” The leading causes of slips, trips, and fall in the workplace include:

  • Slippery floors from wet or greasy processes
  • Debris left in walkways
  • Uneven flooring
  • Boards or nails that protrude
  • Uneven or damaged carpeting or floor mats
  • Electrical cords and cables
  • Non-uniform stair height
  • Improper ladders

Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls at Work

June is National Safety Month and a great time to reinforce safety procedures to prevent workplace accidents.

Always plan ahead when working at a height and use the right equipment. As part of your plan, check the weather forecast to see if you are still able to do your assignment. Talk to your co-workers about what safety equipment is needed and make sure that you are all properly trained on the specific equipment.

Begin the job only after you have cleared the area of any potential hazards. Use stepladders with locking devices that hold the front and back open. When using the ladder, keep 3 points of contact on it such as 2 hands and one foot. Never stand higher than the third rung from the top.

Wear appropriate work boots with slip-resistant soles. Always check all your equipment to make sure it is not worn or damaged.

To prevent slips from wet surfaces, clean up all spills right away. Notify your supervisor of all spills, oily surfaces and the presence of any snow or ice on walkways.

If you hurt yourself at work, be sure to notify your supervisor and complete an accident report. Here are more important steps to take if you are injured at work.

We Can Help with Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

When it comes to Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, hire an attorney experienced in these types of cases for your best chances of a positive outcome. Call The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, CA at 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. We can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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