Accidents can happen anywhere, especially slips and falls. It is impossible to know when you could end up in an accident and stress out about your finances due to lost income and mobility. You can mitigate the consequences by holding all negligent parties liable. Consider the following information to avoid slip and fall accidents this season.
Wear proper shoes
The cold weather brings rain, snow and ice, the makings of slippery conditions. As water, dirt, snow and moisture are tracked in and around the workplace, the chances of an accident increase. Your employer is responsible for making sure the floors and all walking surfaces are safe, dry and free of obstructions. They may also have rugs and carpet everywhere. Since a variety of factors exist that can make conditions ripe for a slip, trip or fall, a good pair of slip-resistant shoes is often recommended for workers, though not everyone follows the dress code.
Many workplace incidents happen because hazards were overlooked or employees noticed them too late to avoid them. Employees should always observe their environment and take note of issues that may cause them or someone else harm. They should also follow their job’s hazard-reporting procedures and alert others.
Keep in mind that not all slip-and-fall accidents are the result of personal clumsiness or inattentiveness. Sometimes, workers can fall and suffer injury because of the actions of customers, vendors and other third parties. Regardless of how any workplace accident happens, injured workers should take immediate action to learn their rights and entitlements.