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Slip-and-fall workplace accidents cause 95M lost workdays a year

Workers in all industries in New York are exposed to the risks of slip-and-fall incidents, and many employers fail to recognize the fact that a bad landing after such a fall can cause catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and even death. Every business owner must have a fall prevention program in place, and employees must receive safety training to ensure they understand that preventing or cleaning up spillages or debris that can cause falls is the responsibility of all. Furthermore, workers must learn what to do regarding such workplace accidents.

Slips and trips that lead to falls are said to be the primary causes of occupational injuries. Statistics reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Safety Council indicate that over 95 million lost workdays follow slip-and-fall accidents in the workplace every year. They say the number of daily fall accidents nationwide is as many as 25,000, costing an estimated $70 billion in workers' compensation and medical expenses annually.

These numbers are alarming if one considers that such accidents are entirely preventable. A safety plan that includes maintenance and repair to ensure even walking surfaces and no loose or frayed carpeting, cleanup of spills, leaks and any standing water, and avoiding the use of slippery polishes on floors will go a long way in keeping workers on their feet. Further obstacles like clutter, debris, power cords and other random objects on the floor can cause falls with devastating consequences.

Although the ideal work environment will be free of any of these hazards, the reality is that most New York workers will continue to face dangerous on-the-job circumstances. Fortunately, victims of workplace accidents need not suffer the financial consequences of their injuries without help. The workers' compensation insurance program provides benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages, and resources are available to help with the navigation of benefits claims.

Source: 4-m.com, "5 Ways to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace", April 3, 2018

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