Continuing from where we left off in Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents at Work: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1), here we will carry on our discussion regarding the incidence, causes and effects of workplace slip, trip and fall accidents and injuries.
Fact 2 – When workers are hurt in fall accidents, their injuries typically cause them to miss more than a month of work.
Slip, trip and fall accidents can cause injuries that are far more devastating than people may realize. This is clear when taking a closer look at some of the statistics regarding missed days of work. As the BLS reports, slip, trip and fall accidents cause:
- Injured workers to miss, on average, about 38 days of work due to their injuries.
- More than 95 million days of work to be lost every year in the U.S.
Some of the specific injuries that can result from slip, trip and fall accidents and that can cause so much work to be lost include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Serious bone fractures, which reportedly affect about 5 percent of all workers who suffer fall injuries at work
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Head injuries.
Fact 3 – Wet flooring is, by far, the leading cause of slip and fall accidents at work.
As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, flooring and flooring materials contribute more than 2 million workplace slip, trip and fall accidents in the U.S. each year. More specifically, the BLS broke down the following as the primary causes of workplace slip, trip and fall accidents:
- The dangerous or less than safe nature of a walking surface reportedly plays a role in causing about 55 percent of all slip, trip and fall accidents. When the walking surface is the primary cause of fall accidents, wet flooring is the leading cause of these accidents, as wet floors reportedly contribute to more than 85 percent of all workplace slip and fall accidents.
- A person’s footwear contributes to about 24 percent of all slip, trip and fall accidents that occur in the workplace each year.
- Lack of warning signs and worker training reportedly make up about 18 percent of all workers’ compensation claims related to slip, trip and fall accidents.
- Lastly, workers’ compensation fraud has been found to comprise the remaining 3 percent of all workers’ compensation claims related to workplace slip, trip and fall accidents in the U.S.
For some final important facts about workplace slip, trip and fall accidents, be sure to check out the conclusion to this blog series.
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