According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 26 people suffered fatal injuries from slip and fall accidents during 2016. Falls are a common occurrence and can happen anywhere, including other people’s homes, stores, and public spaces. Some of the most common causes of falls include:
- Ice and snow
- Ladders and scaffolding
- Slippery surfaces
- Holes or cracks in walkways
Slip and Fall Prevention Training
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), slip and falls are a major cause of preventable injuries. As a result, the NSC has created a training program to help patrons identify sip and fall hazards. The training will focus on everything from identifying slip and fall hazards to selecting appropriate footwear.
However, there are things we can all do daily to protect ourselves and our loved ones from preventable accidents:
- Scan the area first: Look for and remove debris, spills, or other objects in walking spaces.
- Safe footwear: Select shoes that fit well, have good tread, and are slip resistant.
- Stay focused: Talking or texting while walking is a distraction. Look at your path and watch where you step.
- Lighting: Keep stairs and pathways well-lit and debris free.
- Use appropriate equipment: Never substitute a stool or other object in place of a ladder.
- Adjust for weather: Slow down in slippery or icy conditions.
Safety After a Fall
The injuries that result from falls can range from bruises and slight sprains to devastating head injuries and spinal damage. A common misperception is that these serious injuries occur only from falls from great heights. The truth is, serious injuries can occur just from falling a few feet. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recognizes the hazards workers face when just four feet off the ground. However, accidents happen, and if a patron experiences a fall, the first step is to check to see if there are injuries. Always get checked by a medical professional for injuries, even if none appear present right away.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Represent Victims of All Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
If you have experienced a slip and fall injury in a store or on another person’s property, contact a Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyer at DiTomaso Law to discuss your options. Our attorneys are experienced with premises liability laws and personal injury claims and will fight to hold the negligent party accountable for your injuries. With offices conveniently located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Philadelphia, we will review your case and help you determine what type of compensation you may be entitled. Contact us online or call us at 856-414-0010 for a free consultation today.