Many workers, including public safety workers, construction workers and parking garage attendants, are prone to slip and fall accidents. These workers have to perform their duties regardless of the time of the day and weather conditions. Variable lighting conditions and adverse weather significantly increases the risk of a worker suffering a slip and fall accident.
Overall, slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of workplace injuries, and are responsible for over 8 million emergency room visits each year. About 5 percent of all people suffering a slip and fall accident experience a serious fracture. The dangers posed by these fractures depend on the health and age of the worker. However, in most cases, prompt and correct medical treatment can prevent permanent damage. Each year, slip and fall accidents cause almost 100 million lost work days.
Construction workers face a higher risk of slip and fall accidents. In 2014 alone, 349 workers were killed due to workplace falls. Additionally, of all construction related fatalities, 40 percent were because of slip and fall accidents. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, 74 out of 10,000 construction workers suffered a slip and fall accident.
Our St. Louis work injury lawyer informs that parking lot attendants also have to work on slippery surfaces on a daily basis. Ice and snow deposited on vehicles, combined with poor lighting can make parking lot a dangerous place. Of the 9,000 slip and fall injuries that occur on parking garages annually, many are suffered by parking lot attendants. In 2014, rate of slip and fall accidents among parking lot attendants was 50 per 10,000 parking lot attendants.
Police and firefighters also face the risk of slip and fall accidents while on duty. Snow, ice, and other hidden obstacles are present everywhere during winter. Among firefighters, ice accumulation from hose activity is the leading cause of slip and fall injuries. Annually, 12 out of every 1,000 firefighters experience a slip and fall. In 2014, 86 in 10,000 firefighters experienced slip and fall injuries, and winter was a contributing factor in many of these.
Police officers have to struggle with hazardous conditions such as poor lighting, winter weather, and need to move quickly in pursuit of suspects. In 2014, as many as 123 police officers out of 10,000 suffered a significant slip and fall injury.
The nature of these professions is such that it exposes workers directly to harsh winter conditions. Although the risk of slip and falls can be mitigated to some extent, it cannot be eliminated altogether. A 2013 study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association showed that leather footwear could considerably reduce the risk of a slip and fall accident.
Workers who suffer slip and fall injuries while performing their work can generally claim workers compensation benefits. Give us a call today at (314) 361-4300 to learn more about your legal right to workers comp benefits.