Slip and fall accidents and injuries increase in the winter, especially in the snowy and icy New Jersey weather. Workers are not immune to the increased risk, whether they work indoors or out.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most general industry accidents are slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. They cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths nationwide every year and make up one-quarter of all workplace injury claims.
Slip and fall accidents in the workplace can be prevented. Here’s how to reduce the risk this winter season:
1. Keep outdoor walkways clear. Make sure snow and ice are removed. Use salt or other chemical treatment methods to cut down on slippery spots on walkways.
2. Protect indoor walkways as well. Slip and fall accidents indoors can easily occur when tracked-in snow and ice melt, forming puddles. Non-slip mats, warning signs, and regular cleaning of entrances and walkways can help reduce slip and fall risks for both workers and patrons.
3. Encourage proper footwear. Workers who spend time outdoors should be equipped with protective footwear with non-skid soles. Those who work indoors should be encouraged to wear their proper winter boots to work, and then change their shoes indoors if necessary. Indoor footwear with non-skid soles can help prevent slipping or tripping on tracked-in snow and ice.
The experienced Princeton, New Jersey workplace accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can help you determine who is at fault for a slip and fall accident on the job and seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.