Some vocations are more hazardous than others. For example, construction work is largely deemed to be the most dangerous industry that employs millions of workers. Risks in this industry are caused primarily by a need to work from heights, use of power tools and heavy machinery, etc. There are also certain dangers associated with working outdoors in extreme temperatures.
Nonetheless, there are some types of workplace accidents that can impact any employee, and one of these is falls. These factors commonly contribute to falls in the workplace, regardless of whether someone works in an office, in a factory, on a boat or virtually anywhere else.
Whether a worksite is located in an office or at an amusement park, housekeeping is of the utmost importance. No workplace should be cluttered and walkways should be free at all times. It only takes a misplaced box, dangling wires or hand tool to be in the way for a devastating fall to occur.
It goes without saying that workers need to be able to see where they are going wherever they are. Some offices install energy saving lights that switch off and on automatically when they are required. This is admirable and efficient when the lights work as they should. However, if they do not, a worker may not be able to see where they are going and could subsequently fall. All lighting in the workplace needs to be fit for purpose and routinely maintained.
A fall can leave you with bruises, muscle tears, fractures and even head injuries. If you fell at work, then you may need some time off to recover. Workers’ compensation can’t undo the accident but it can help to relieve some of the financial strain. Seek legal guidance to find out more about your options.