While many people think they have a safe job, there are still risks that come with every avenue of work. One hazard that occurs in all professions is the chance of falling. There are many reasons for this, but it’s imperative that all employers have protocols in place to reduce the possibility of falls occurring.
Many instances of falling at work lead to catastrophic injuries. It’s important for all workers to get the medical care they need after a fall. Some injuries might be hidden, but very serious.
What are some fall hazards in the workplace?
Just about anything can lead to someone falling in the workplace. Wet floors, items strewn on the floor, uneven carpeting and similar factors can all lead to someone falling. Some occupations have additional hazards. Ladders are one risk for construction workers and similar professions.
Employers can do a lot to prevent slip-and-fall injuries among their staff. For example, restaurants should require workers to wear slip-resistant shoes, construction companies should always require workers to have three points of contact with a ladder, and anyone who’s working at heights above ground should have a fall-arrest device on at all times.
Employers can’t just tell the workers about the safety protocols once, either. Instead, they should have periodic refreshers about the proper techniques to prevent falls. The onus is on the employer to ensure that workers are as safe as possible.
What can you do if you were injured in a workplace fall?
Anyone who falls at work should receive benefits from workers’ compensation to cover the costs of medical care. It’s possible that other benefits might be in order. Working with an attorney who’s familiar with work-related injuries and workers’ compensation can help you overcome any obstacles you may be facing in your claim.