Slick floors put workers at risk

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

You probably know that slip-and-fall accidents can be dangerous and to watch out for spills or other issues that make the ground slick. However, did you know that many businesses have flooring that poses a slip risk? Marble floors, for example, become extremely slick after waxing, so someone walking in heels might slip and fall due to the naturally slick nature of the flooring material.

Similarly, even when only a little wet, some flooring materials, like wood on a dock or metal stairs, can become so slick that they’re nearly impossible to use even with the correct footwear.

How can your company reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents?

It’s possible for companies to reduce the risks created by slick floors. One way to do this is by using floor mats.

In open spaces where customers may be present, carpeted mats or rubber floor mats may help prevent falls. They minimize the risk of water getting onto slicker floor surfaces and may create a path for people to follow that isn’t slick whatsoever.

In kitchens or tiled areas, having rubber floor mats can minimize the risk of falls. This is particularly important in restaurants where water or oil may gather on the floor and make the ground slick regardless of the materials used for the flooring.

Will good footwear be enough to prevent slip-and-fall accidents?

Unfortunately, even nonslip footwear isn’t necessarily enough to prevent all slip-and-fall accidents, and some workplaces expect business attire that may not include those kinds of shoes. For example, a busy office may ask employees to wear heels or dress shoes that don’t typically have nonslip soles.

What do you do if you fall at work?

If you fall at work, your first step is to call 911 or get to a medical professional for treatment. Depending on how you fell, you could have a broken bone, head injury, neck injury or other wound that needs attention.

After that, you can reach out to your employer. You may be able to seek workers’ compensation, so you can focus on recovering while still receiving a portion of your lost wages and coverage for your medical care.