The holiday season has officially begun, and as the weather gets colder and we begin to experience snowy and icy conditions, the roads and sidewalks are likely to become slick. Slippery walkways can lead to premises accidents, and when these types of accidents occur while someone is working, they can result in expensive workplace injury claims. To prevent serious injuries and even death, both employers and employees should take steps to stay safe during the holidays.
Slip and Fall Injury Statistics and Prevention Tips
In 2014, slip and fall accidents resulted in over 247,000 workplace injuries that resulted in time off from work, including 818 worker deaths. To avoid these types of injuries and the personal and professional costs that can result, follow these tips:
- Employers: Immediately clean up spills (including water which accumulates due to melting snow or ice), keep walkways free of any obstacles, and keep filing cabinets closed when not in use. If a spill cannot be cleaned up immediately, then “wet floor” warning signs should be used. Quickly replace light bulbs that have burned out to ensure that walking paths are clearly lit. Use floor mats to provide traction on potentially slippery surfaces, and considering replacing flooring that is worn out. Cables and cords which stretch across walkways should be covered to lower the risk of tripping.
- Employees: It is also important to pay attention to one’s surroundings, since slip and fall injuries can occur anywhere and everywhere. Walk at a reasonable pace, and take extra care on surfaces which are rough or unstable. Make wide turns when walking around corners, and use handrails when walking up and down stairs.
Contact an Aurora Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
Being injured in a slip and fall accident can have a major impact on your overall quality of life. If you have been seriously injured in this type of accident while working, then you deserve to receive compensation that will help you maintain financial security during your recovery. When you are seeking to recover damages, you do not have to fight the legal battle alone. At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, P.C., our attorneys will provide skilled and effective legal representation and help you obtain the results that will address your medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. For a free initial consultation, please call a Kane County personal injury attorney at 630-907-0909 to discuss your case.