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