Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most prevalent accidents suffered by Pennsylvania workers and other residents. These are the statistics on these accidents for 2021.
Slips, trips, and falls are often preventable
For many workplaces, slips, trips, and falls are often preventable. However, on average, in all different industries, these accidents rank as the second most common to result in on-the-job injuries with people missing more than 30 days of work each year. Injuries from slip and fall accidents are also likely to result in a trip to the emergency room and workers’ compensation claims being filed.
Around 244,000 workers suffer injuries that require time off from work and close to 900 die from injuries sustained in workplace falls.
The majority of slips, trips, and falls occur when a person is walking on an even-level surface. However, when that surface is slippery from mopping or floor polish or if carpeting or rugs are not secure to the floor, it can lead to an accident. Workers can trip when they abruptly lose their balance. Other causes of slips, trips, and falls are objects littered on the floor, uneven surfaces, or poor lighting.
Preventing slips, trips, and falls in the workplace
Employers should take measures to keep their workplaces safe for employees to prevent slips, trips, and falls. Entryways, walkways, and stairways should be kept clean, clear of clutter and obstructions, and well-lit.
There should be surveys done on occasion to ensure that the workplace is in good condition and safe for workers and anyone visiting.
Floors should be kept clean and dry. If a spill or slippery condition is known, there should be a warning placed in the area if it cannot be immediately handled. Rugs, carpets, or mats should be secured to prevent potential falls.