Maryland Work-Related Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries can cause serious trauma, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other life-changing conditions. It’s possible to have a slip and fall injury nearly anywhere and the workplace is no exception. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), work-related slip and fall accidents kill approximately 603 U.S. workers each year and injure about 213,000 workers.
What Workplaces Are The Most Dangerous?
Out of all occupations, construction workers continue to suffer the highest rate of fatal work-related slip and fall accidents, according to the CDC, with manufacturing workers coming in at a close second. The highest rate of non-fatal work-related slip and fall accidents occurs in the health care and retail sectors. Maintenance crews and people responsible for moving equipment are more likely than other employees in the same workplace to be hurt by a slip and fall, but no worker is immune to the risk.
In order to reduce the number of injury-causing slip and fall accidents in workplaces, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides regulations and guidance to employers about how to protect their workers from these types of accidents. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act (MOSH Act) provides similar guidance.
Common Slip and Fall Work Hazards
Some common workplace hazards that often lead to slip and fall injuries, according to OSHA, include:
- walkways and workspaces that are slippery, cluttered, or not stable;
- floor holes, walkways, and wall openings without railings or other protection;
- ladders, scaffolding, lifts, and similar structures not positioned or fastened correctly; and
- missing or misused fall protection equipment, like harnesses.
Although OSHA regulations at both the federal and state level require that specific types of protection against falls be used in each of the situations listed above, many workplaces do not follow the rules, according to OSHA. The result is that workplace slip and fall injury rates have stayed steady over the years, even though technology and health care have made it easier for us to prevent and treat fall injuries.
What Are The Two Different Types of Fall Accidents?
Slip and fall injuries in the workplace are often sorted into one of two categories: same-level falls, in which the employee falls on the same surface he or she was standing or walking on when the slip occurred, and lower-level falls, when an employee slips on one level of a building, scaffolding, lift, or other structure, and falls off that level to land on one below.
Both types of falls can cause injury, but lower-level falls typically cause more serious injuries than same-level falls due to the length of the fall causing a greater impact upon landing. The more levels between where a worker slips and where the worker lands, the more serious the injury is likely to be.
Injuries frequently caused by slip and fall accidents in a workplace include:
- broken bones;
- concussion or other traumatic head injury;
- spinal cord damage;
- muscle, nerve, and/or soft tissue damage;
- sprains and strains; and
- burns or other injuries from chemical spills.
Any of these injuries can result in long-term disabilities that keep a person from working or being able to perform the duties necessary for their job. As such, injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation and other services including vocational rehabilitation in Maryland to aid them in recovery and finding gainful employment.
Skilled Legal Representation for Injured Victims
Slip and fall accidents are often unexpected, occurring suddenly and quickly injuring a victim. Often, when these injuries take place at work, the injuries that result can be even more devastating due to the surroundings and additional hazards. Victims of such accidents frequently suffer severe injuries or long-lasting disabilities that prevent them from being able to work. As such, it is important that injured workers seek workers’ compensation to help them recover from their injuries and not suffer financially while they cannot work.
If a slip and fall accident while working has injured you or someone you love, the experienced Maryland accident attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help. For a free and confidential consultation, call our office today, or drop us a line using our free online comment form.