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Slip-and-fall safety violation can lead to serious injuries

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen in any workplace in Ohio, including industrial facilities. Employees and supervisors will likely all be aware of the circumstances that can cause falls, and they will also know that the failure to address such a hazard is a safety violation. These can include spills on the floor, electric extension cords, out-of-place objects, folded floor mats and more.

While falls to a lower level make up a significant percentage of serious workplace injuries every year, the danger of falls on the same level might not receive enough attention. The type of fall will often determine the severity of the injuries that could result. A trip-and-fall is caused when a worker encounters an unexpected foreign object in his or her path such as an electric power cord. An uneven walking surface can cause a stump-and-fall accident, and when there is a hole or unexpected dip in the floor or walkway, a worker can suffer a step-and-fall accident.

The last, and also most frequent type of fall is a slip-and-fall accident. These accidents account for most fall injuries, with their severity depending on which part of the body the person lands. The area in which such a fall happens can also play a role, because if the victim's head strikes a hard object or the floor, a concussion or brain injuries may result. Older employees who slip and fall backward could suffer fractured hips. Landing on any bony part of the body can cause long-term health problems.

Safety violation or not, any Ohio worker who is injured in a fall accident while on the job may file a workers' compensation benefits claim. However, the injured worker must report the incident to his or her employer at the first opportunity. Any medical expenses related to the event will be covered through workers' comp, and if the injury causes absence from work, the worker would also receive a portion of lost wages.

Source: ohsonline.com, "A Clearer Understanding of Slips and Falls", Vicky Adams, Nov. 1, 2017

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