Slip-and-fall accidents at work are one of the most common causes of injury. All it takes is a patch of wet or uneven floor and some poor lighting conditions for a fall to occur. In winter, poor weather can be a big contributing factor to both of these things.
With over 800 people dying as a result of falls at work in 2020, it’s important to be aware of the risks that can be found in the workplace.
Common areas can be wet and slippy
During wintertime, as people walk in and out of the building there’s a constant stream of wet feet, soggy umbrellas and even drips and leaks.
All of these things can quickly result in a very wet and slippery floor that is dangerous to walk on, especially on tile or stone. If your employer does not keep on top of making sure the public and common areas are dry and clear to walk on, slips and falls are almost inevitable.
Additionally, in the winter months, it can be dark when you get to work and before you leave to go home. If your workplace is not adequately lit to help you safely enter and exit, there’s a risk of slipping and falling over obstructions that you cannot properly see.
Typically, employers have a responsibility to make sure that the workplace is safe – but you have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim even if your employer did take adequate steps to try to prevent slips and falls.
If you suffered a slip-and-fall accident at work that caused you an injury, seeking legal assistance as early as possible can help you to claim the compensation you deserve.