When you work in a traditional office setting you don't expect to run into any trouble with respect to your health and well-being. Unfortunately, however, you never know when you could be part of an accident, such as a slip-and-fall.
If you don't understand the common causes of indoor slip-and-fall accidents, there's a greater chance you'll find yourself lying on the ground and wondering what went wrong.
Here are a few common causes to watch for:
- Wet or slick floors, such as those that were recently cleaned
- Lack of barriers to keep workers away from a wet or defective floor
- An excessive amount of polish or wax on a walking surface
- Uneven application of polish or wax
- Applying some type of treatment, such as wax, to a slope or incline
- Torn or bulging carpet
- Mats or rugs with curled edges, holes or low spots
- Items sticking up from the flooring
- Debris on the floor
What about stairs?
Depending on the set-up of your office, you could find yourself walking up and down stairs throughout the day.
Here are some stair-related conditions that could cause a slip-and-fall accident:
- Stairs that have been polished or waxed
- Steps that are rounded or worn out
- Missing or broken handrail
- Debris on the steps
How to prevent trouble
Understanding the most common causes of indoor slip-and-fall accidents can go a long way in keeping you safe. With this knowledge, you'll know what to look for as your day wears on.
Another thing you can do to prevent trouble is report any problem areas to your employer. For example, if you come across a broken handrail or a worn down step, tell your employer about it. They can then consult with the building owner about how to best repair the problem.
If you're part of an indoor slip-and-fall accident, stay where you are until help arrives.
Depending on your injuries, it may be important to receive medical treatment at the scene (before heading for a local hospital).
Once you receive treatment and speak with your medical team about your prognosis, you'll know what to do next. If you're unable to return to work, it's probably time to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.