Each year, an estimated 300,000 disabling injuries occur, within the U.S., resulting in 1,400 worker deaths.
Slips, trips and falls make up 15 to 20 percent of all workers’ compensation costs.
Premises liability deals with the breach of duty that is owed by an owner or occupier of property to protect invitees from dangerous conditions and defects on the property. The owner/occupier has a duty to exercise reasonable care in the management of the premises to ensure persons are protected from an unreasonable risk of harm.
There are a variety of practices and safeguards that can be established to help reduce the amount of deaths and injuries due to slips, trips and falls each year. Below are some tips:
Property owners, managers and supervisors must work together and make a commitment to prevent accidental slips trips and falls.
Frequent inspections should be made of the walking and working areas to identify any potential hazards that can cause a slip and fall. Pay special attention to details such as lighting, visibility and walking surfaces. Any unsafe practices or conditions should be fixed immediately.
All workers should be required to wear proper footwear and equipment needed for their respective work area, whether it be in the field, shop or office.
All slips, trips and falls should be recorded – including those without injuries.
Each and every incident should be investigated thoroughly.