Many people in California have suffered severe injuries in slip or trip-and-fall accidents while moving about unsafe parking lots or while they are out shopping. However, such incidents are also the cause of many on\-the\-job injuries and could occur in any industry. Injury risks can be avoided by proper housekeeping during which spills are immediately mopped up, and work areas are free of debris.
Wet, oily patches often lead to slips which happen when there is insufficient traction between the walking surface and a worker's shoes. Trips are typically caused by debris or a random object that catches a workers' foot and causes the loss of balance. Other hazards include loose or curled-up rugs and mats, insufficient lighting, uncovered extension cords or electrical cables and more.
Serious injuries can be avoided by keeping walking areas dry and clear of clutter. Open desk drawers can cause hazards in office environments, and snaking cables pose risks in any work area. Workers may protect themselves by keeping a lookout for slip or trip hazards and walking at a suitable pace for the particular surface. Safety authorities recommend making wide turns with feet pointing slightly outward, and always holding on to banisters and handrails of stairs.
Victims of slip-and-fall or other on-the-job injuries may suffer long-term consequences. Back injuries and even traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon in these accidents, and medical expenses can become overwhelming. At the same time, victims can suffer anxiety over the loss of income. Fortunately, the California workers' compensation insurance program will cover those costs if a benefits claim is filed promptly. An experienced attorney can assist with the administrative and legal procedures of the claims process.
Source: safetyandhealthmagazine.com, "Preventing slips, trips and falls", Tracy Haas Depa, Accessed on Jan. 17, 2018