Slip-and-fall accidents or trip-and-fall accidents often cause devastating injuries or even fatalities. These types of incidents and the injuries that may result tend to affect people of all ages. Those who work in hospitals are particularly vulnerable. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published a new report, which shows that in the healthcare industry, incidence of lost-workday injuries from slip and falls is 90 percent greater than the average rate for all other private industries combined, hence why there is such a high amount of slip and fall lawsuits being filed every day.
Why These Accidents Occur
Here are some of the common causes of slip-and-fall accidents in hospitals:
- Irregular walking surfaces: Uneven ground, damaged or warped flooring surfaces, cracks in walkways and other debris that is present indoors or outdoors may cause employees to stumble, trip, slip and/or fall.
- Ice and snow: The buildup of ice and snow around entryways, parking garages and lots, walkways and outdoor stairways can cause workers to slip and fall.
- Spills on the floor: A number of contaminants such as food, grease and other fluids can make walking surfaces slippery. Simple housekeeping procedures such as regular floor cleaning and proper use of signs and mats can help minimize the risk of slipping.
- Inadequate lighting: When an area is poorly lit or does not have any lighting, it poses a hazard. Good lighting allows workers to see their surroundings well as well as notice any obstructions, debris etc. in their path.
- Lack of proper drainage: When drains and water pipes are not properly aligned, water spills may result, leading to serious slip-and-fall injuries.
- Dangerous stairways: Broken or uneven stairs or handrails that are poorly designed or maintained can lead to missteps and cause employees to trip and fall.
- Defective ladders: When ladders or step stools are defective or not properly maintained, they may pose serious fall hazards.
- Clutter: Debris and clutter often build around work areas, walkways, hallways and storage areas causing workers to slip or trip.
- Floor mats and runners: Mats can provide slip-resistant walking surfaces by absorbing liquids and by removing dirt or debris from shoes. Mats and carpeting that are ripped or not maintained properly may contribute to slips, trips and falls.
Contact a Cranston Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured due to a slip and fall accident, contact one of our experienced Cranston slip and fall lawyers located at 751 Reservoir Ave., Cranston, RI 02910. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 401-275-2039 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.