The hazards that lead to workplace trip and fall injuries

When you arrive at your place of employment, it's important to do whatever you can to remain safe. While some accidents are easy to avoid, others have a way of sneaking up on people.

For example, a workplace trip and fall could pop up out of nowhere. There are many hazards associated with this type of accident, with some of the most common including:

-- Slippery surfaces. An example of this would be a hallway on which too much floor polish or wax was applied.

-- Broken or uneven surface.

-- Poorly lit walkway.

-- Wet surface, such as an entryway that is slippery due to inclement weather.

-- Debris, including but not limited to paper, tools, or anything else that could be considered a trip hazard.

There are times when one of these hazards goes unrecognized for an extended period of time. Even so, it only takes one accident to realize just how serious the hazard truly is.

When individuals are involved in a trip and fall accident at their workplace, it can result in injuries such as: broken bone, spinal trauma, and traumatic brain injury.

If you're involved in a workplace trip and fall accident, don't hesitate to receive medical attention. From there, take action to ensure that you receive any compensation you're entitled to. For example, you may be in position to file a workers' compensation claim. This will provide you with benefits until you're able to return to work. It may not be the ideal situation, but it's better than having to deal with the financial challenges on your own.

Source: Travelers, "Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace," accessed Jan. 16, 2017

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