Pennsylvania workers may know that employers are obligated to provide a safe workplace for their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides guidance on ways this might be accomplished and enforces safety rules in the workplace. By following OSHA standards, the risk of slip and fall injuries may be reduced.
OSHA recognizes that certain situations enable slip and fall accidents. Wet or icy surfaces, grease spots or polished floors may cause employees to fall. Clutter or electric cords pose tripping hazards. The agency recommends that actions be taken to protect against injury. Employees should follow OSHA guidance by keeping floors dry and clean. Signs should be used to alert workers that floors are wet, and all efforts should be made to keep surfaces sanitary. No-slip mats or waxes are additional ways of preventing slips on wet surfaces.
Exits should be kept free of any object that bars movement out of an area. Exit routes as well as fire prevention plans should be posted in highly visible places. Corridors should be kept free of clutter. Electrical cords are another hazard in the workplace when they are stretched from the outlet to another area. This may cause trip injuries. Providing floor outlets is one way to avoid this problem. Evening out floor surfaces or eliminating carpet bulges may prevent tripping. Having a shoe policy that encourages workers to wear the correct footwear is an important way to avoid injuries.
Promoting safety is crucial for a safe work experience. However, despite precautions, workers may be injured on the job. When that happens, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The assistance of an attorney in properly filing a claim can be beneficial.
Source: United States Department of Labor, “General Hazards“, November 04, 2014