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How to prevent slips and falls in the workplace

One of the most common injuries in Michigan's workplaces is also one of the most preventable: falls. Slips and falls can happen anywhere, but they are more likely in high-paced environments where people are moving quickly, such as in a hospital, for example. Slips and falls are also bound to happen in any workplace that fails to practice basic injury prevention.

Commonplace hazards that lead to workplace injuries in the way of falls include water and other substances accumulating on floors, electrical cords in walkways, uneven floors and unmarked steps. All of these things can be fixed at very little cost by employers in order to keep workers on their feet.

While a lot of slips and falls are very minor, others can result in painful injuries that necessitate medical attention and recovery time. Of course, a fall can result in anything from scrapes and bruises to pulled muscles or broken bones.

Falls that result in injuries can lead to workers' compensation benefits for the resulting medical expenses and any lost wages. This is why it may be important to file an injury or accident report after any workplace fall. Of course, one might feel alright immediately after the fall but later realize that a muscle has been sprained or worse, and in those cases it is wise to have reports filed and out of the way to make a workers' compensation claim easier.

To avoid falls in the workplace, employers may be wise to do the following:

  • Ask employees about what they think are risks and ask them to report any hazards.
  • Have an outside party walk through the office or workplace looking for hazards. A pair of fresh eyes might notice something that others do not.
  • Bundle, cover or remove electrical cords.
  • Paint steps and uneven flooring bright colors.
  • Keep supplies on hand to clean up spills, as well as warning cones.
  • Place slip-resistant mats in areas that get wet, such as doorways.

Source: American Medical News, "How to save medical office staff from slips, trips and falls," Victoria Stagg Elliot, Dec. 17, 2013

  • To learn more about exercising your right to workers' compensation benefits, please visit our Michigan personal injury law firm's Workers' Compensation page.

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