By Sydny Shepard | June 1, 2022
Have you ever lost your balance while confidently walking somewhere and for a split second you aren’t quite sure if you will stay upright or go tumbling to the ground? That split second of fear is elongated by the thoughts that run through your head and the pain that hits your chest. For some, the second ends and they regain their balance but for others they fall leading to serious injuries or even worse.
Slips, trips and falls sound like small hazards-everyone loses their balance from time to time, right? For employees in industrial, construction or warehouse settings, however, these hazards could be deadly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 1,000 workers die each year as a result of a slip, trip or fall and countless other mild or serious injuries resulting in days away from work. In the construction industry, slips, trips and falls account for 37 percent of all fatal injuries on a job site.
Needless to say, it is of the utmost importance for employees to understand the hazards that may lead to a slip, trip or fall. Let’s take a look at each of these.