How workers can prevent slip-and-fall injuries

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur on almost any property, so workers in Texas will want to consider the following tips for reducing the risk. Slip and falls occur most often between December and February, and they can result in a range of injuries from sprains, strain and bruises to broken bones and concussions.

Falls from the same level are especially prevalent. People can also fall on ice and snow, from ladders and scaffolding, on stairs and into openings. Slips usually occur on liquids or grease. OSHA does require fall protection for workers in general industries who are 4 feet off the ground and for construction workers at 6 feet off the ground.

The first step in avoiding slip and falls is to wear the right kind of shoes — well-fitting with good tread. Workers should then make sure to clear the walkways of hazards like cords and debris. If cords can’t be eliminated, they should be covered or taped in place. Next, they should put away their smartphones and other distractions and stay focused.

Stairs should be well-lit and free from debris. Workers should always use the handrail. On icy sidewalks, workers should walk as a penguin would. Lastly, improvising is discouraged; for example, workers should use footstools or ladders to grab something up high rather than boxes or chairs.

Someone who is injured on another’s property can consult with a lawyer if they intend to file a premises liability claim. First, the victim’s status as a licensee or invitee must be determined. In addition, the property owner’s duty of care to entrants must be established. Whatever the case may be, the lawyer could handle the negotiations and prepare the case for court if a settlement isn’t reached.