Many of us prefer to believe that our workplaces are safe spaces that allow people to come and go freely without issue, but the unfortunate truth is that many office spaces throughout the country actually involve several significant dangers that can increase the likelihood of slip and fall accidents. Any person who suffers injuries in a slip and fall accident at work will want to be sure they are working with a New Orleans slip and fall accident lawyer.
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that 42,114 people died in falls at home and work during the most recent reporting year. The victims included 805 workers killed by falls, with 211,640 being injured badly enough to require days off of work.
Common Reasons Slip and Fall Accidents Happen at Work
Many slip and fall accidents at work can involve the possible effects of adverse weather, so employers must be sure to take steps to clean up messes involving workers tracking in water from rain or snow. Some of the other common kinds of workplace hazards may include:
Any workplace where employees have numerous cords or other objects out in walkways increases the likelihood of a person tripping and falling. Employers have to take measures to force employees not to infringe on walkways.
Staircase accidents may stem from various causes, including irregular steps, poor lighting, objects or other hazards being left on stairs, broken handrails, and steps in unexpected places. People should take their time navigating stairs and use caution when they see any warning signs.
Escalator steps may not be the proper height for usual walking. People should avoid using escalators as stairs if the escalators are not operating.
Uneven Floor Surfaces
Walkways could crack because of storm damage or other causes and can also be common places for water to collect. People must be cautious when walking outside in bad weather.
Many workplaces have ramps for assisting disabled individuals, but such ramps can become slippery when it rains or snows. Increased slopes can then become difficult to navigate, and people should not underestimate the risks of ramps with a low rise, especially when they have no handrails.
Parking lots can be especially perilous places to walk, often because of inadequate lighting at night after work. Be mindful of any irregular surfaces and speed bumps if your office has them, as even though most speed bumps are painted in a bright color, some may still be difficult to see.
Call Us Today to Speak with a New Orleans Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or did your loved one die in a slip and fall accident caused at the workplace? You will want to be sure that you get the help of Egenberg Trial Lawyers in holding the negligent party accountable because we will be able to help you recover every last dollar of financial compensation that is available to you.
Our firm understands how to investigate and then prove slip and fall cases, so you need not worry about having to deal with an insurance company alleging that you were solely at fault for your accident because we know how to prove the negligence of third parties. Call (504) 229-3117 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation with our New Orleans slip and fall accident lawyer.