A slip and fall accident can happen at any time, especially at your place of employment. This holds true regardless of your career, job responsibilities or work environment.
Here are some of the most common causes of workplace slip and fall accidents:
- Debris: Indoors and out, it only takes one piece of debris to cause an accident. For example, if someone leaves a bag of trash lying on the ground and you don’t see it, there’s a chance it could knock you to the ground.
- Defective stairs: It’s not always easy to pinpoint defective stairs, such as a step that is missing or rounded. However, if you work in an office building, you’re likely to regularly climb up and down stairs.
- Power cords: For example, if you work in the construction industry, there are power cords everywhere. Even if you’re skilled at pinpointing and avoiding them, one could catch your foot and cause you to lose your balance.
- Inclement weather: This typically comes into play during the winter months, such as if your employer or building owner neglects to clear the walkway of snow and/or ice.
If you’re injured in a workplace slip and fall accident, stay where you are, assess your injuries and collect evidence if you’re able to do so.
Once you receive treatment, learn more about the cause of the accident and who was responsible. You may realize that you’re able to file a workers’ compensation claim, which will allow you to receive benefits until you recover. The money can help keep you financially stable during this difficult time of your life.