Slip and Fall Accidents Common In the Workplace

by Staff Blogger | December 17th, 2012

December 17, 2012

Slip and fall accidents are said to be responsible for causing thousands of injuries in hospitals each year. In fact, research conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found as many as 2,600 medical staff members reported missing at least one day of work last year due to injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents. A recent article in American Medical News discussed these dangers, what causes them, and how they can be prevented.

Research shows the reason these accidents are so common in medical facilities is because of the fast-paced environment that often leads to mistakes occurring. Experts like Robert L. Goldberg, MD, a professor of medicine in the Division of Occupational Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, say these accidents can often easily be prevented if vigilance is practiced. He suggested discussing the risks of slip and fall accidents with staff members, while listening to feedback about what they see as risks.

The next step is walking through the facility and identifying dangers. Some of these may include cords in walkways or water collecting at doorways in front of sinks. Problems can then be corrected after being identified.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand just how serious a slip and fall accident can be and hope these tips can help prevent them; however, the firm is here to help if you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident.