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Top Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

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Top Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

According to the National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents are among the leading causes of workplace injuries in the United States. These accidents can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, and spinal cord injuries. As an employer, it's your responsibility to ensure your workplace is safe for your employees and customers. In this blog post, we'll discuss the top causes of workplace slip and fall accidents and provide practical tips to prevent them.

1. Keep Walkways Clear

One of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents is cluttered walkways. Ensure all walkways are free from clutter, boxes, and other obstacles that can cause employees or customers to trip and fall. If you have any equipment or machinery in your workplace, ensure they are properly stored and not blocking any walkways.

2. Proper Lighting

Another common cause of slip-and-fall accidents is poor lighting. Ensure all work areas are well-lit, including stairways, hallways, and parking lots. If you have any outdoor areas, ensure they are also properly lit. Proper lighting can help employees and customers see potential hazards and prevent accidents.

3. Proper Footwear

Wearing the proper footwear is essential to preventing slip and fall accidents. Encourage your employees to wear slip-resistant shoes, especially in areas prone to wet floors or spills. If you have customers entering your workplace, consider putting up signs encouraging them to wear appropriate footwear.

4. Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential to preventing slip and fall accidents. Make sure that all flooring, carpets, and mats are clean and in good condition. If you have any areas that are prone to spills or wet floors, consider using slip-resistant mats or flooring. Regularly inspect your workplace for any hazards and address them immediately.

5. Proper Training

Proper training is essential to preventing slip and fall accidents. Make sure that all employees are trained on how to identify and prevent slip and fall hazards. Consider hosting regular safety meetings to discuss any potential hazards and how to prevent them.

By keeping walkways clear, providing proper lighting, encouraging proper footwear, regular maintenance, and proper training, you can significantly reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents in your workplace. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C. for a free consultation. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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