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Slips & Fall Accidents Big Costs To Industries and Individuals

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We’ve all had a trip, slip and fall (TSF) accident at some point.  These types of accidents can happen anywhere, on just about any surface and when you least expect it.  Thankfully, most of the time, these types of accidents are not serious.  Most of the time the injuries are minor ones, such as a bruised knee or muscle strain.  However, there are incidents in which a TSF may result in serious injuries and expensive medical treatments. A back, neck or knee injuries resulting from a TSF can severely impact your daily life for years to come.

TSF accidents are some of the most common personal injury accidents, second only to automobile accidents.  These types of accidents account for approximately 8.9 million visits to emergency rooms annually and are the second-leading cause of unintentional death.

TSF accidents are also the leading cause of workers’ compensation /occupational injuries.  Nationally, 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors.  In 22% of these “slick floor” accidents, the injured employee will miss more than 31 days of work.  Overall, compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually.
Research, based in part on insurance industry claims data, has revealed five major causes responsible for almost all trips, slips and falls.

  • Walking surface related issues - 55%
  • Footwear related issues – 24%
  • Hazard warning related issues – 10%
  • Training related issues – 8%
  • Fraud related issues – 3% 

Based on the huge potential health and financial impact from TSF accidents, from both a business personal perspective, it’s important to take precautions where possible.  Here are a few easy to follow guidelines to help you be safer at home and work;

  • Clean up all spills immediately
  • Stay off freshly mopped floors
  • Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas
  • Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them from slipping
  • Keep frequently used items in easily reachable areas
  • Wear shoes with good support and slip- resistant soles
  • Arrange furniture to provide open walking pathways
  • Keep drawers and cabinet doors closed at all times
  • Install handrails on all staircases on both sides
  • Remove tripping hazards (paper, boxes, books, clothes, toys, shoes) from stairs and walkways
  • If you have young children, install gates at the top and bottom of stairs (unlatch the gate in order to pass – don’t climb over them)
  • Ensure adequate lighting both indoors and outdoorsRemove debris from exterior walkways
  • Adjust gutter downspouts to drive water away from pathways
  • Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages immediately
  • Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels
  • Do not climb with tools in hand – use a tool belt

If you’re injured due to the negligence of another, be it a TSF matter or other type of accident, it is important that you address the issue in a timely and thorough manner.   For questions regarding personal injuries, accidents and worker’s compensation matters, call us at 414 276 1233.