Most industry accidents are made up from slips, trips, and falls. They make up nearly 15% of all accidental deaths per year with roughly 12,000 per year. Slips, trips, and falls are the second leading cause of accidental death behind motor vehicle accidents. Slips, trips, and falls are the most commonly reported injuries in the workplace. Most can be prevented from happening.
To businesses, slips, trips, and falls can cause a great loss of productivity and business, increase insurance premiums, and higher costs due to hiring replacement workers. To workers, the loss can be more detrimental. Victims of a slip, trip, or fall often experience lost wages and out of pocket expenses on top of pain, permanent or temporary disability, depression, and reduced quality of life. Over 17% of all disability occupational injuries are results of falls. Injuries commonly caused by slips, trips, and falls include strains, sprains, contusions, bruises, fractures, abrasions, and lacerations.
Most workplace slip, trips, and falls can be prevented. Ways to reduce the chances of an accidental slip, trip, or fall include having a well designed workplace, good housekeeping, proper footwear, and a consistent work process.
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