Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of worker’s compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for individuals aged 55 years and older. A slip and fall accident occurs when someone slips on a smooth or wet surface or trips on a rough or uneven surface. The most common injuries are to their backs, necks, knees and arms. Slip and fall accidents make up 15% of all worker’s compensation claims with the average cost around $22,000.
A “slip” typically occurs when there is not enough friction or traction between the feet and the walking surface. The most common causes of slips are wet surfaces, ice or other weather hazards, spills, and poor tread on footwear. Many slip & fall accidents can be prevented with precautionary measures that include the following:
A “fall” typically occurs when the foot strikes an object and momentum throws off balance. To minimize the potential for this type of injury:
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, more than 8.7 million people are injured from slip, trip and fall incidents every year. It is imperative that everyone assess their surroundings, stay alert and pay attention when they walk to ensure they do not have any slip and fall accidents. (click here for a printable copy)
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