How does flooring impact slip and fall risk in the workplace? Are individuals in different professions at greater risk? Different surfaces have different friction coefficients, which translates into significant differences in risk. Nationwide, those who work in retail, real estate, health care, and construction are at greatest risk of experiencing a slip and fall related accident and the need to file a claim with the assistance of a slip and fall lawyer.
A recent study published by CNA Financial Corporation examined claims filed between January 2010 through December 2016. Of these, 40% involved walking on surfaces including tile, carpet, linoleum, concrete, and asphalt. The most dangerous surfaces were parking lots, which accounted for 33% of slip and fall reports. Sidewalks leading to building entrances accounted for 27% of slip and fall accidents. The study determined that 50% of facilities with both public access and common areas had flooring that did not create the minimum dynamic coefficient of friction threshold established by the American National Standards Institute to prevent a slip and fall accident.
In 2016, 31% of slip and falls occurred in the retail trade sector. This was significantly less than the 40% recorded in 2013, but an increase from the 27% recorded in 2015. In 2016, 19% were recorded in the real estate sector, which was an increase from 17% in 2015. Slip and falls in construction fell from 17% in 2015 to 13% in 2016, while slip and falls in healthcare remained steady at 12%.
Reasons for the differences between industries and claims handled by a slip and fall lawyer include the types of surfaces workers are likely to encounter indoors. Workers in retail, healthcare, and real estate are likely to walk on tile, linoleum, or marble floor that has a low friction coefficient, is impervious to water, and a high rate of glare. In interior spaces, these factors can reduce traction and diminish visibility. Conversely, workers in construction and real estate are more likely to spend more time dodging weather related factors including snow and ice, which other workers experience only as they enter and leave work.
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