While some jobs are more dangerous than others, every job can pose a fall risk to workers. Whether an individual slips on a wet surface or falls from a height, falls can cause serious and debilitating injuries. The fall injury lawyers at Liggett Law Group see injured workers too often and we’ve identified prevention tips for every workplace to help ensure workers stay safe and uninjured.
- Make sure all ladders and stepstools are used correctly. One of the most common causes of falls with ladders occurs because ladders are not on a flat, even surface. This is just as important for small ladders and stepstools too. Even a small movement can easily cause someone on a ladder to lose their balance.
- Never use chairs or other items in place of a ladder. Ladders can be cumbersome and you may not always want to retrieve one if you just need a little boost, but using anything other than a ladder to get extra height could easily cause a fall. Things like chairs aren’t meant to be stood on, and a person could lose their balance.
- Keep the floor dry. Any bit of liquid on the floor could cause a fall. If a spill or other liquid can’t immediately be cleaned up, be sure to put out cones or signs warning everyone of the hazard. A little bit of water on the floor might not seem like a big deal, but a slip and fall could cause extremely painful back injuries.
- Provide adequate training. While not all workers are going to be working from heights, anyone that is needs appropriate training. This means employers need to provide workers with safety training to understand how to keep themselves and others safe.
- Always use fall harnesses. Anyone that is working from a height needs a fall harness. A simple harness can prevent tragic accidents. Employers are expected to provide workers will all necessary equipment, including fall harnesses.
Fall Injury Lawyers
Employers have certain responsibilities to their employees to keep them safe on the job. While some falls are truly accidental, others are caused when an employer fails to uphold its safety responsibilities to employees. If you were injured from a fall at work, Liggett Law Group can help you understand your legal options. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.