How to Avoid a Fall Accident at Work
Falls can happen in just about any industry. Whether you are a construction worker or retail clerk, you could be injured in a fall accident. This type of workplace accident is so common that the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has reported that 648 people were fatally injured in fall accidents at work in 2015, which accounted for 13 percent of the total work-related fatalities.
The majority of falls occur on the same level, which are the result of slips and trips. These types of work accidents can be caused by any of the following:
- Wet ground
- Oily surface
- Loose rug
- Broken Tile
- Broken stairs
- Wrinkled carpet
- Objects on the floor
- Poor lighting
- Uneven walkway
You can help prevent your chances of being injured in a slip and fall accident by taking certain precautions, including:
- Watching where you step
- Ensuring that spills are cleaned up right away
- Wearing proper shoes
- Avoiding carrying objects that could obstruct your view
- Installing sufficient lighting
- If using a ladder, inspect it for cracked, broken or defective parts
- Keeping the floors and aisles free of clutter
By taking appropriate safety measures, you can reduce the likelihood of sustaining a painful work injury caused by a fall.
If you have been injured at work, you may be able to recover compensation. Many employers in Texas choose to opt out of workers compensation coverage, but that does not mean you cannot pursue compensation for your work-related injuries. An employer can be held liable if it was negligent and/or cut corners when it came to safety.
For more information, contact an Austin Injury Lawyer at Briggle & Polan, PLLC, today at (512) 400-3278. Our Austin personal injury attorneys represent occupational accident cases in Hays County, Travis County, Williamson County.