Just because you work in an office environment doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe at all times. You may not face the same risks as construction workers, for example, but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down.
For example, a slip and fall accident can happen at any time, with these conditions among the most common culprits:
- Wet or slick floors, such as from the use of too much wax or polish
- Failure to provide warnings that a floor is damaged, being cleaned or wet
- Applying a floor treatment to stairs or an inclining or declining part of the floor
- Bulging, torn or worn out carpet
- Mats or rugs with holes, worn sports or edges that curl
- Worn out stairs
- Stairways with a missing or loose handrail
- Missing step
- Malfunctioning elevator or escalator
Along with the above, any debris that’s left on the ground, such as a newspaper or beverage container, can result in a slip and fall accident.
If you’re injured in a slip and fall at your place of employment, stay where you are as you assess yourself for injuries. If necessary, ask a coworker to assist you. Depending on the nature of your accident and injury, you may need to call 911 for immediate assistance.
Once you receive a medical diagnosis, decide what to do next. If you’re unable to return to work, such as in the event of a concussion or dislocated hip, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You can rely on this money until you’re able to once again return to your job.