Did you know that falls are a leading cause of preventable injuries in the United States? According to the National Safety Council, in 2020, over 6,800,000 people were injured and over 42,000 people lost their lives as a result of preventable falls.
Falls can happen anywhere and to anyone, regardless of age or occupation. The risk of falling while working - whether on a construction site, in a warehouse or office building – can be particularly high. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of workplace fall prevention measures. Taking certain precautions can help keep you and your coworkers safe on the job.
Know your environment and identify potential fall hazards before they become a problem.
Paying close attention to your environment is key to avoiding potential hazards. Before starting a task or project, be sure to check for potential hazards that could cause injuries, if not handled correctly. Are walkways clear and secure? Are there any slippery liquids on the floors? Are ladders properly positioned? Are guardrails in place? Noticing potential hazards can be the difference between working safely and suffering an injury or even death.
Industrial workers and those in other particularly hazardous professions should take extra care to avoid falls.
Industrial workers and others who work in especially dangerous professions should take special care to protect themselves against falls in the workplace. Falling from a height or tripping while on the job can have serious consequences, leading to significant amounts of time away from work and even the risk of death.
Taking preventative steps such as wearing helmets and other protective gear, following safety protocols, using guardrails and handrails, etc., is essential for staying safe when working with industrial machinery or at heights.
Training courses offered by employers are excellent opportunities to increase knowledge about proper fall prevention techniques so that industrial workers are informed and can act accordingly in hazardous situations.
Follow all safety procedures and protocols to avoid accidents.
Safety should always be a priority for any job or activity, no matter how big or small. Being safety-mindful is the best way to prevent accidents from occurring in any setting.
This means following all safety guidelines and procedures, understanding and protecting against the risks associated with different tasks, wearing the appropriate protective gear and clothing, knowing and respecting your limits, and keeping your work environment free from hazards.
Thinking one step ahead and having a full grasp of potential dangers is the best way to keep yourself and those around you safe while completing a task or working in an unfamiliar environment.
We're Here for Injured Workers
If you've sustained an injury due to a fall at work, you may be owed compensation for your losses. Here at Cunningham Bounds, we can help injured workers get the compensation they need and deserve.
Contact us today to learn more about your rights and options after a serious accident by calling (251) 299-0101. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers looks forward to helping you receive the representation and compensation you deserve.