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What is a slip-and-fall accident?

While employee safety is one of the top goals of every employer in Illinois and across the United States, workplace accidents sometimes happen. Some of the most common job-related accidents are slips, trips and falls. Although these incidents occur too frequently, there are certain measures that employers and facility managers can take to reduce the risk of on-the-job accidents.

Unfortunately, thousands of slips, trips and falls occur within the workplace every year. When it comes to increasing floor safety, employers should focus on the most frequently trafficked areas within their facilities. Employees begin their work day in the parking lot, on the sidewalk, through the front door and through the lobby. While these are the areas where first impressions of a facility are made, they also tend to be the most common places where accidents happen.

Several things can contribute to higher fall factors such as inclement weather, shorter days, falling leaves and frost. These factors can bring the risk of slick surfaces and floors. Employers should regularly monitor uneven surfaces or hard-to-see areas that might make it difficult for employees or customers to navigate. Employers can address dimly lit parking lots by adding new lighting fixtures. They can also reduce the risk of slips and falls by marking uneven or slick areas with yellow paint, yellow tape or reflective signs.

To protect the interior of a facility against potential problems, employers should make sure that the appropriate amount of anti-slip matting is installed. This can prevent outside substances like rainwater, leaves and debris from creating a tripping hazard indoors.

As hard as employers and employees try, workplace-related accidents can’t always be prevented. Employers and employees who are dealing with a slip-and-fall incident may consider consulting with an experienced attorney, even if it has been days since the accident occurred.