Slip and Fall Injuries Lead to Claims

Whether tumbling head first down a flight of stairs at home, or gracefully landing on your behind at someone else’s property, slip and fall accident can supply significant levels of personal injury.  Claims cover several losses associated with slip and fall injuries, like medical bills and loss of income.

Common Conditions Leading to Fall Injuries

Unsafe conditions arise at most locations, during one time or another.  Several independent factors influence the potential for accidents and injuries  at any given site. 

Certain locations are inherently more dangerous than others.  Manufacturing facilities, and shop floors, for instance, are equipped with tools and substances capable of causing bodily harm.  These facilities are common locations for work-related slip and fall accidents.  Factory floors are treated with industrial coatings designed to resist chemical spills and harsh every-day duty.  The polymers contained in floor surfaces become slippery on the job, especially under certain conditions.  Oils, lubricants, and solvents used during the manufacturing process sometimes spill, creating slippery shop floor surfaces, ripe for fall accidents. 

Precautions are deployed in high-risk areas, limiting the number of industrial accidents, but not eradicating them entirely.  To create friction and provide traction, floor surfaces are impregnated with silicate and other additives, texturizing them and reducing slipping.  Signage and job-specific training provide knowledge and consistency, when participants adhere to ingrained company safety policies.

Safe handling practices are also instilled in worker protocols, ensuring chemicals and hazardous substances are used according to manufacturer recommendations and municipal requirements.  Environmental accidents are avoided when proper handling guidelines are followed, and appropriate storage of shop supplies keeps floors free of spills.

Weather related slip and fall accidents occur when the surface of the ground becomes slippery due to several natural conditions.  Precipitation plays the largest role in creating unsafe weather, especially during cold periods, when it falls as snow and ice.  Slippery road conditions certainly contribute to many accidents, but pedestrians are also at risk for falls.

Salt, sand and ice-melting agents are effective for restoring traction to wintery surfaces, but these compounds work at specific temperatures, causing lag times between application and effectiveness.  Slip and fall accidents caused by snow and ice usually occur during the period of time following weather events, before counter measures have started to improve conditions.

Human Error ends in Injury

Operator error accounts for a significant proportion of accidents leading to injuries.  And heavy-duty machinery is not always to blame; sometimes people fail to safely negotiate simple obstacles, like stairs and doorways. 

Staircases are dangerous locations, because they challenge mobility on the way up, and carry the potential for momentum on the way down.  The longer a staircase, the greater the potential for harm among individuals who fall down it.  And unsteady climbers – elderly or frail – are always subject to slip and fall dangers, which could send them to the bottom in a hurry.

Carrying objects, especially those limiting visibility, increases the probability for stairway falls.  Objects placed on stair treads also contribute to unsafe conditions, catching users off guard and leading to injuries.

Familiarity with our residential surroundings makes our daily interactions safest at home, but when we take to the road, slip and fall dangers intensify.  Commercial buildings and multi-use properties require constant upkeep, including repairs, cleaning, and maintenance.  Whenever possible, unsafe activities are carried out during non-peak hours, but pedestrian interactions with maintenance staff are still regular occurrences.  Inattentive visitors often fall prey to avoidable accidents at commercial buildings, when their own failure to recognize signs and maintenance alerts leads them to slip and fall on wet floors.  Negligence claims do not hold water, when proper safety procedures are followed.

 

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