Tuesday 25, Jul, 2017

Understanding Slips and Falls in the Workplace

When you go to work in Chicago—whether you work at a construction site, in a restaurant, or behind a desk in an office building—you should not have to worry about getting hurt in a slip and fall accident. Many people do not realize that slips, trips, and falls can happen almost anywhere if property owners do not remedy hazardous conditions. To be clear, an employer does not have to be the person or entity that caused the dangerous condition on the premises in order to be responsible for injuries that might occur.

To help you understand more about slips and falls at work, we would like to discuss a relatively recent study conducted by the University of Illinois Chicago’s School of Public Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division.

Different Categories of Falls at Workplaces in Chicago

How do falls happen at Chicago workplaces? To have a better sense of how falls happen, it is important to be clear about the different ways in which falls are categorized. As the study explains, there are generally three different categories for worksite falls:

  • Falls on the same level;
  • Falls to a lower level; and
  • Slips, trips, or falls.

Some types of employment and particular industries have higher rates of falls than do others. For instance, those who work in construction, as well as in utility work or tree trimming, are at greater risk of getting hurt in a fall to a lower level than employees in other types of jobs. However, falls on the same levels, along with slip and fall accidents, can happen in almost any time of employment.

What is the difference between a fall on the same level and a slip, trip, and fall incident? Generally speaking, falls on the same level happen when someone might be standing on a ladder or on a chair, and a fall results in an injury. These types of falls may seem more likely to happen in certain types of industries, but even office workers and healthcare providers routinely stand on step stools and other objects as part of their daily routines—e.g., to reach higher cabinets, to hang posters. In other words, no matter what type of job you have, you should know about fall risks and should take precautions.

Getting the Facts About Falls at Your Place of Employment

How often do falls happen? And how often do they result in missed time at work and lost wages? The study reports the following facts and figures about falls on the job:

  • Slips, trips, and falls are the third leading cause of occupational fatalities in Illinois;
  • About 15 percent of all work-related injuries in Illinois result from falls that occur on the same level, while almost 6 percent of those work-related injuries in the state result from slip and fall accidents;
  • Around 50 percent of all fall-related fatalities occur in the construction industry; and
  • Illinois state and local government employees also miss days of work as a result of slips, trips, and falls (nearly 3,000 falls in total).

Contact a Chicago Slip and Fall Attorney

Getting hurt in a fall-related accident at work can be devastating, but a Chicago slip and fall lawyer can help. Contact Arami Law today to discuss your options for seeking compensation.

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