Workplace safety – slips and falls, false falls

A common workplace accident is a slip and fall accident. Someone who slips and falls who is older can break their hip or wrist or damage their elbow. They can even break their heads on the sidewalk and get cuts and bruises. Even a small visit to a local emergency room emergency room can turn into an ambulance ride to the main hospital for more X-rays and more tests. These things can run you up to $20,000 before you even turn around or realize there’s been an accident. Okay, so let’s talk.

There are many ways to prevent slips and falls in the workplace. Non-slip floors help, and it’s not just your employees you have to worry about. What about the customers in your store, your suppliers who deliver. If your back door is too heavy or there’s too much of a ramp for the hand trucks your salespeople used to wheel the merchandise in, they could trip and fall over it. Workers using ladders in the warehouse or trying to carry too much while off balance is another common cause of slips and falls.

Then there are the fake falls where employees try to get out of work while going to their lawyer who refers them to their best friend, a contract chiropractor, to incapacitate that employee. Before you know it, they’ve already filed a lawsuit and are probably hoping to settle out of court with your insurance company. Still, there are some insurance companies trying to get out, and lawyers going after the entrepreneur and the company. That is very common in our litigious society.

Employees aren’t the only ones pretending to fall, there’s a whole bunch of people who purposely slip on sidewalks, trip over entrances and just happen to have their best friend with them catching it all on their video smartphone. This works wonders in front of a jury, and the insurance companies defending you will generally settle out of court. If they do, they will pay the claim, but rest assured that your liability insurance will be increased the following year.

It makes sense to have warning signs when there is uneven concrete; “watch your step” or any time there’s water or liquid on the floor, it makes sense to stick out one of those yellow cones that warn people to walk around the slippery area. There are so many simple things you can do, and if you are alert, you can prevent these accidents or false lawsuits from getting out of hand. Please consider all this and think about it.