Falls: Are you working in dangerous conditions?

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

When you were leaving work, you noticed that the ground was slick. You let your employer know, and they told you to be cautious until they could get the area cleaned up.

The next day, you came in again and noticed that the floor still wasn’t cleaned. You asked about it, and your employer brushed off your concerns. You cleaned it up yourself to make sure the area would be safer. 

Unfortunately, that slick surface was a result of a leak that your employer didn’t patch. As you walked back into the area later that day, the floor was slick once again, and you fell. That fall caused you to hit your head, and you had to be rushed to the hospital.

Slick floors are a common cause of workplace accidents such as falls. Slick floors create a dangerous surface condition that your employer should have addressed immediately. They should have put up signage if they couldn’t correct the issue immediately and informed everyone of the risk of walking in the area.

When a surface area is dangerous, your employer should:

  • Clean up leaks and spills
  • Provide better lighting
  • Keep the area clean
  • Use signage to indicate dangerous areas
  • Use slip-resistant floor treatments

Your employer is responsible for providing you with the safe work environment that you deserve. If they don’t clean up spills or take care of the facility, then they can be held responsible for any injuries that take place. If you’ve been injured at work in a slip-and-fall accident, you can speak with your employer about pursuing a workers’ compensation claim. If you’re having trouble with your claim, it may be time to speak with an attorney.