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How to avoid a slip-and-fall accident

Slip and fall accidents are one of the common workplace incidents to occur across many industries throughout the country. Whether you work in an office building, a warehouse or at a construction site, there can be situations where a slip and fall accident is inevitable. These types of accidents can be relatively minor. However, they have the potential to cause serious damage and may result in long-term injuries that could affect your life for years to come. While your employer is ultimately responsible for keeping your workplace safe and free from potential dangers that may cause a slip and fall incident to occur, there are things you can do to minimize your risk of becoming involved in such an accident. 

First, be sure that your work area is free from debris that may cause an accident. Keep your floor picked up and free from cords, cables and clutter. If there are items that must be kept in your workspace, make sure they are neatly organized, stacked or arranged in such a way that you will not be able to trip over them. 

Next, be aware of things that may have been spilled in the area. Any spills should be cleaned up immediately. If someone is going to get supplies to clean up the spill, a sign should be used alerting others to the spill and the potentially fall risk. 

Finally, you can help others by communicating possible dangers and mention these dangers to your managers. If a slip and fall accident should occur, it is important to tell your managers immediately. 

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

 

 

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