What injuries are most common when someone has a slip and fall accident? What steps can workers take to protect themselves on the job? Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common types of workplace accidents. In 2014, they accounted for roughly 27% of injuries resulting in days away from work, making them the second leading cause of injuries requiring time off work to recover. As of 2016, slips and falls were the third leading cause of workplace fatalities, with 849 fatalities recorded. Thus, it is crucial for workers to take active steps to ensure they don't lose their footing.
Police and patrol officers have the highest incidence rate of slip and fall injuries. In 2014, they recorded a rate of just under 500 per 10,000 patrol and security professionals. They were followed by large truck drivers, who had a rate of roughly 385 per 10,000 drivers, and nursing assistants who had a rate of 390 per 10,000 workers. Construction workers and delivery drivers were nearly tied at a rate of 300 per 10,000 workers.
Soft tissue damage is among the most common slip and fall injuries. These often present as bruises, which can appear immediately after a fall or in the days following. These injuries can lead to persistent pain that diminishes an individual's ability to work.
Head injuries are also common. Slip and fall accidents can cause concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. The risk of serious injury is greatest if an individual falls from a height or upon a hard surface such as a stairwell or concrete floor. Head injuries are also closely associated with spinal cord injuries, which can occur as the body twists after impact.
Broken bones can also occur, and a slip and fall attorney can pursue compensation to cover the cost of x-rays, immobilizing casts, and other treatments required for recovery. The most serious fractures are hip fractures, which may never completely heal. Thus, workers need to wear proper footing, report workplace safety violations, and closely monitor workplace conditions for potential hazards that can trip them up.
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