Slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, with motor vehicle accidents being the first.  According to the National Safety Council, over 25,000 slip and fall accidents occur daily, with 15% of those accidents resulting in death.

Consequences of Slip and Fall Accidents

Not all slip and fall accidents are fatal, but they can have other very serious consequences, such as:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head or traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Chronic pain

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can occur anytime anywhere, but tend to occur most often in the workplace or at a place of business. Here are the most common causes:

  • Wet floors
  • Poor lighting
  • Debris or hazardous materials blocking walkways or stairways
  • Broken or loose handrails
  • Electrical cords and or loose cables
  • Improper signage
  • Damaged or uneven walking surfaces

So what can employers and other business do to prevent these types of slip and fall accidents happening on their premises?

How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

To reduce potential injuries or even death caused by slip and fall accidents, employers can be proactive about keeping a safe environment for its employees and customers alike by doing the following:

  • Repair any problem areas as soon as possible
  • Keep walkways clear and free of clutter
  • Provide appropriate signage
  • Cover or tape down all cords and wires
  • Keep common areas well-lit
  • Provide non-skid rugs
  • Close cabinets and drawers

Although employers and business owners should do their part, employees, customers, and bystanders can also take the necessary precautions to avoid being involved in a workplace or premises liability accident. For example:

  • Stay off of freshly mopped floors
  • Always wear appropriate footwear at work and near construction sites
  • Never use a ladder alone
  • Slow down and pay attention to your surroundings
  • Avoid standing on chair, tables and objects with wheels

Although some accidents can be attributed to carelessness or pure clumsiness, most accidents can still be prevented. It’s important to keep a safe and clean space and be alert whether you’re a business owner or consumer. Taking these precautions for avoiding hazards will keep you and other safe from potential injuries and accidents in the future.