Slip and Fall Issues in the Workplace

June 12, 2013

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Most of us take walking for granted, but in the workplace walking while working are often associated with worker’s compensation and injury claims. According to one study, 55% of workplace falls are associated with the surface itself; 24% with footwear; 18% with improper training or no hazard warnings; and 3% with fraud. Clearly you need to pay attention to your workplace flooring.

Some quick facts about slips and falls in the workplace:

* While not usually fatal, slips and falls account for more lost work days than any other type of workplace accident.

* Generally thought to be a common accident for the elderly, they are the leading cause for workplace injury in the workforce age bracket of 15-24.

* They are the leading cause of worker’s compensation claims.

* While fatal falls occur primarily in construction, mining and some specific maintenance activities, falls resulting in injury and compensation claims occur in virtually every industry.

* The most common injury resulting from falls is fractures to bones. Fractures occur in approximately 5% of all falls.

* 60% of all falls occur on the same elevation – they do not involve steps or heights.

* Fatalities in the workplace resulting from falls are lower than in the past but falls still represent a significant hazard.

* 85% of workplace compensation claims each year are attributed to falls due to slick floors.

* Floors and flooring surfaces are directly responsible for over 2 million fall injuries annually.

These facts serve as a reminder that every facility must pay attention to their workplace flooring and traffic. Why not do a walk through, specifically considering fall hazards? Are hazards and traffic patterns clearly marked and visible; or are they faded and worn? Are there trip hazards that everyone simply takes for granted? Do your deck and floor coatings provide a safe and non-slip surface; or is it time for them to be renewed?

Taking time to evaluate today may save significant time and money in employee claims in the future.


Most of us take walking for granted, but in the workplace walking while working are often associated with worker’s compensation and injury claims. According to one study, 55% of workplace falls are associated with the surface itself; 24% with footwear; 18% with improper training or no hazard warnings; and 3% with fraud. Clearly you need to pay attention to your workplace flooring.

Some quick facts about slips and falls in the workplace:

* While not usually fatal, slips and falls account for more lost work days than any other type of workplace accident.

* Generally thought to be a common accident for the elderly, they are the leading cause for workplace injury in the workforce age bracket of 15-24.

* They are the leading cause of worker’s compensation claims.

* While fatal falls occur primarily in construction, mining and some specific maintenance activities, falls resulting in injury and compensation claims occur in virtually every industry.

* The most common injury resulting from falls is fractures to bones. Fractures occur in approximately 5% of all falls.

* 60% of all falls occur on the same elevation – they do not involve steps or heights.

* Fatalities in the workplace resulting from falls are lower than in the past but falls still represent a significant hazard.

* 85% of workplace compensation claims each year are attributed to falls due to slick floors.

* Floors and flooring surfaces are directly responsible for over 2 million fall injuries annually.

These facts serve as a reminder that every facility must pay attention to their workplace flooring and traffic. Why not do a walk through, specifically considering fall hazards? Are hazards and traffic patterns clearly marked and visible; or are they faded and worn? Are there trip hazards that everyone simply takes for granted? Do your deck and floor coatings provide a safe and non-slip surface; or is it time for them to be renewed?

Taking time to evaluate today may save significant time and money in employee claims in the future.


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