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Slipping and dangerous workplace accidents

When people think of on-the-job accidents, some picture construction sites or workplaces involving dangerous equipment. However, workers in all fields may suffer an injury or, in some cases, lose their life after falling down. In Richmond, and cities all over the state of New York, it is very important for workers in all occupations to understand how serious slipping sometimes is and take steps to prevent these types of incidents at work.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, tripping, slipping and falling account for most workplace accidents in general industries. In fact, OSHA’s standards for walking surfaces are applicable to any type of employment location where employees work permanently, unless mining, agricultural or domestic work is the only job performed at the site. Surprisingly, slipping, tripping and falling is the second leading cause of accidental workplace fatalities, accounting for 15 percent of deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided helpful information related to the prevention of tripping, falling and slipping at work. Employees and employers should watch out for slippery surfaces, such as those covered in oil, grease, water or other fluids. Sometimes, the risk of an accident is increased due to a pipe that leaks and is left unattended, while other incidents take place due to ice or other weather-related hazards. Walking surfaces that are uneven and inadequate lighting are additional dangers that may result in a worker falling down. On jobsites across the country, companies and workers should try to address any hazards they identify at work

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  • A 43 year old ironworker who fell four stories and sustained injuries to his ankle while installing a staircase settled his claim for $1,500,000.00. The accident was due to the failure of the building owner and general contractor to provide a safe place to work.
  • A construction worker operating an asphalt roller settled his case for $525,000.00 when the edge of the roadway he was paving collapsed into a trench being dug by a subcontractor causing him to sustain injuries to his leg.
  • A 54 year old commuter settled his case against the NYCTA for $1,200,000.00. when he tripped and fell on a subway platform due to the pavement being in disrepair, causing him to fall forward and to strike his head on a train pulling into the station.
  • The estate of a 64 year old woman received a settlement of $425,000.00 after she was struck and killed by a speeding tractor trailer while crossing the street at the intersection of Richmond Terrace and Port Richmond Avenue.
  • A $1,200,000.00 settlement was reached on behalf of a 54 year old man from Staten Island, New York, who, while in the course of his employment as a bus driver, was rear-ended on the Garden State Parkway and caused to suffer injuries to his back and neck as well as a fractured rib and fractured pelvis.
  • A 47-year-old building superintendent who sustained injuries to his head and right side of his body due to a tripping hazard at his job site received a settlement of $300,000.00 from the electrical company performing work at the site.
  • A 43 year old construction worker was caused to sustain injuries to his back, shoulder and hand when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and dropped 8 floors. He received $350,000.00 in the settlement of his claim against the building owner, maintenance company and elevator company.
  • The administrator of the estate of a 69 year old man who suffered stage four pressure sores while a patient at a Queens nursing home settled the case for $400,000.00 after the man died.
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