Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents – Always a Liability of the Employer

Some people who would hear about a severe injury sustained from a simple case of slip and fall may refuse to believe that such thing is possible and may even think that such is a total non-sense. How will falling on your butt cause so much harm? It can definitely cause people to find the situation funny, but for it to cause a serious injury? Impossible!

To the more than two million victims of slip and fall accidents every year, however, this is far from being a joke. For it can result to fractures, causing severe pains, even impairment. The Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC knows this to be a fact, saying that most slip and falls are workplace accidents, causing the victims to miss work, the number of days depends on the severity of the injury sustained.

According to the CPSC, a slip and fall accident is the most common cause of injury in the workplace and hip fracture is the injury typically sustained by victims, whose ages usually fall between 15 and 24. The commission says further that the most common reasons why such accidents happen are exposed wires, slick or slippery floors, inadequate lighting, uneven steps or floors, unnoticeable slight elevations on floors, spills or wet floors, absence of warning signs or guardrails where these ought to be present and other forms of hazards that can cause a person to slip or trip.

Though the accident is usually blamed on the victims themselves, for failing to take notice of possible dangers or take extra care when walking, it is still the owner of the firm or establishment (if the accident happens outside the office) who has the greater responsibility over the cause of the accident.

It can be a case of negligence on the part of the owner or employer (and his/her representatives in the persons of managers and supervisors) in seeing to it that the workplace is always safe from possible accidents that could easily be avoided. Such negligence is also the usual cause of additional costs for the firm, which has to compensate the injured employee for medical treatment and wage loss if the accident causes the employee to miss work.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *