Each year, as many as 8.9 million Americans will become the victim of a slip and fall accident. One of the best ways to keep yourself safe from a slip, trip, or fall is to not only know where these accidents most commonly occur, but also what you can do to prevent them.
If you’ve ever worked in an office, warehouse, factory, or construction site, you likely have seen the countless dangers that pose a slip and fall risk. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports slips, trips, and falls that occur on the job accounted for roughly 16 percent of all workplace fatalities that occurred last year. The risk of an on-the-job slip and fall injury was highlighted by the story of a 28-year-old construction worker who was seriously injured when he fell from a water tower in New Castle County earlier this week.
The elderly are also especially prone to deteriorating mobility and ability to balance. In fact, one-third of all Americans who are 65 years of age or older will suffer a slip, trip, or fall injury this year. So it comes as no surprise these incidents are so common in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Knowing where slip and fall accidents are most likely to occur can help you plan ahead to prevent such an incident from occurring in the first place. Following all safety protocols at work and using any protective equipment that is provided will significantly reduce your chances of a work-related slip and fall accident.
While exercise and activity may seem like it could put an elderly individual at risk of a slip and fall accident, studies have repeatedly concluded the contrary. Staying active has been found to be one of the best ways to prevent slip and fall accidents among the elderly. The National Safety Council provides several other crucial safety tips.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as the result of a slip and fall accident, assistance is just a phone call away. The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers with Lundy Law can not only answer any questions you have, but can also help you get started in the process of recovering compensation for your injuries. Call us at (800) LUNDY-LAW to speak with our legal staff today.