How Can I Avoid Missouri Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents?
About one-fifth of workplace injuries are the result of a slip, trip or fall. Nearly one-third of these injuries (about 300,000) are disabling. Slip and falls accidents can result in head injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, fractures, pulled muscles, sprains, bruises and lacerations. Workplace slip and falls are the leading cause of workplace death.
There are simple precautions every employee can take to avoid becoming an accident victim:
• Wear the proper footwear for the job.
• Avoid clothing that drags or gets caught on your heels.
• Clean spills and post warning signs slippery on wet surfaces.
• Let employers know about uneven surfaces and other fall hazards.
• Avoid stringing cords or hoses across walkways, production areas, offices, hallways and conference rooms. Use cord protectors and run hoses overhead to eliminate trip hazards.
• Make sure that fall protection devices are used when working more than six feet off the ground. Make sure you understand how to use fall prevention equipment.
• When using ladders or stairs, use the handrail and take one step at a time.
• Make sure ladders are secure before climbing up.
• Keep stairs clear of debris, equipment and other hazards.
• Let the appropriate person know when light bulbs need to be changed.
If you have been injured at work, you are entitled to receive benefits through Missouri Worker’s Compensation. In some cases, you may be able to file a third party injury claim if your injury was caused by the negligence or wrongful act of a person or company that is not your employer. Your rights are determined by how your injury occurred.
Because every injury case is different, the Kansas City slip and fall injury attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys offer a free consultation to all work injury victims. During the consultation, a Missouri personal injury attorney will determine if you have an injury claim. To schedule an appointment, contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616.
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