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Common Causes of Trips, Slips, and Falls in the Workplace

FloorAccidents happen; we all know this. Accidents at work are not uncommon occurrences, especially when it comes to slips, trips and/or falls. According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were around 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses that were reported in 2017. Of those injuries, the second most common type of injury was slips, trips, and falls. Like any injury, the severity of injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls can range from minor, such as pulled or strained muscles, to major injuries, such as spinal cord injuries or broken bones. The key to preventing these types of injuries is identifying the causes. Here are the most common causes of trips, slips, and falls in the workplace:

Substances on the Floor

When there are wet or dry contaminants on the floor, it can cause workers to lose their footing easily. Having substances on the floor is perhaps one of the most common causes of slips and falls in the workplace. Slippery substances that pose a danger can include:

  • Dust, powder or other granules
  • Water
  • Grease
  • Soap
  • Floor wax
Poor Lighting

Though it may not seem to pose a very obvious danger, a lack of sufficient lighting can also be the cause of a trip, slip or fall in the workplace. When employees cannot adequately see where they are walking or stepping, this can mask dangers that are present on the floor. Poor lighting is typically an issue in areas such as hallways, closets, parking garages, and storage rooms.

Floor Irregularities

Irregularities in flooring or walking surfaces can pose a real threat to workers both indoors and outdoors. Trips and falls are the most common incidents that can occur because of walking surface irregularities. These irregularities can include:

  • Unanchored rugs or floor mats
  • Carpeting that is worn or loose
  • Stairs with steps that are not uniform in size
  • Unmarked changes in floor height
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Broken tiles or wood flooring
Weather Conditions

Weather conditions can also make outdoor walking surfaces more dangerous for workers. In most areas, rain can cause almost any flooring to become slick and dangerous. In parts of the country that get cold in the winter, snow and ice can build up and cause walkways to become slippery.

Injured at Work? Contact a Joliet, IL, Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Being injured at work can be problematic for many people. Not only do you suffer from the pain or discomfort of your injury, but you may also be taking time away from work, meaning you lose out on wages. At the Law Offices of John S. Fotopoulos, P.C., we understand how big of a deal it is when you are injured on the job. Our compassionate and tenacious Will County workers’ compensation lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call our office today at 708-942-8400 to schedule a free consultation.


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