Some of the most common ways employees suffer workplace injuries include a slip, trip or fall while on the job. These incidents are especially prevalent among retail employees, food service workers and those employed in health care centers – places with consistent floor cleaning.
Sprains, strains, fractures and traumatic brain injuries commonly result. In 2019, according to the National Safety Council, workplace slip, trip and fall injuries forced more than 240,000 U.S. employees to miss work. Worse, over 880 workers died in job-related falls that year.
Can I reduce my chances of being injured on the job?
Your employer must provide a workplace free from recognized dangers, but you can also take a proactive approach to accident reduction.
To help protect yourself and your co-workers, simply:
- Clean up spills immediately
- Put up warning signs to alert others of slippery floors or trip hazards
- Block off or re-route individuals around dangerous areas
- Remove obstructions from floors
- Improve lighting
- Cover cables and cords in walkways
Despite the best preventative measures, accidents can still happen. In the event you sustain a workplace injury:
- Inform your employer immediately
- Seek medical attention
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan
- Apply for workers’ compensation benefits
You may also need to explore your legal options, especially if your recovery requires a significant number of missed hours from work or you suffer a permanent disability on the job. A workers’ compensation attorney can also help determine the best course of action if your request for benefits is denied.
Workers’ compensation can ease the stress of medical bills and missed wages so you can focus on recovery and your return to work. Be sure you understand your rights so you can get the benefits you need and deserve.