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What factors lead to a fall accident at work?

Many workplace injuries in Maryland are the result of slips and falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 798 workers died from injuries they sustained in job-related fall accidents in 2014. Falls are the most common type of workplace accident. More workers should make themselves aware of the hazards that contribute to them. 

Falls that happen in the workplace can lead to serious injuries. Injured workers can receive bruises, broken bones, fractures, head trauma and other severe wounds that can lead to death. Employees who do not die from their accidents may end up with temporary and permanent disabilities that can interfere with their ability to support themselves and families and manage their medical expenses. 

Hazards that increase the risk of fall accidents 

Fall accidents often occur on ground level and elevated surfaces, states Falls that happen on elevated surfaces can cause more serious injuries. Common factors that contribute to workplace fall accidents include: 

  •        Slippery surfaces
  •        Uneven floors
  •        Obstructions
  •        Lack of safety signs
  •        Cords and cables 

Bear in mind that not all falls that occur in the workplace are the result of hazards. Some accidents are due to human error. When workers are tired, distracted and misinformed about workplace policies and procedures, they tend to make decisions that impact their safety. Their vision, hearing and overall health can also make their jobs more hazardous. 

Employees can prevent fall accidents by reviewing their companies’ safety procedures and workplace policies. They should get adequate rest before going to work, follow all rules and pay attention to their surroundings. Workers should watch for potential hazards to avoid them and alert others so that proper measures can be taken to improve safety.

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