Slip and fall hazards are often overlooked on a construction site, but the plain fact is that these have a serious potential to cause some devastating injuries, whether the slip causes the worker to fall from a height, or fall at ground level. Construction sites tend to be chaotic environments and workers can’t always be aware of their surroundings. Even minor injuries caused from slip-and-falls can interfere with the worker’s ability to conduct his job, or any job.
This type of injury is the leading cause of worker’s compensation claims on construction sites; however, it is important to remember that your employer may not be the sole responsible party for your injuries. A contractor, subcontractor, or any non-employer third party working on the same construction project may be liable for your injuries.
However, the risk of slips, trips, and falls can easily be reduced by performing regular site inspections and making sure that the working conditions do not violate safety regulations:
- All floors, walkways and working surfaces should be clear of debris, materials, hoses, electrical conductors, pipes or any object that could potentially cause a trip and fall
- Slippery surfaces caused by spilled liquids or cleaning should be marked immediately, and the hazard addressed as soon as possible
- Workers should not carry heavy or large loads that block their vision and put them at risk of tripping, slipping or falling off the edges
- All personal equipment used should be suitable for the job and working conditions and kept in good condition (ex. muddy shoes)
If you have suffered injuries after a slip and fall at your workplace, you might be entitled to more than just worker’s compensation. Call John M. O’Brien & Associates, and we will help you explore your options.