Employees in Pennsylvania may not realize what common hazard is present in most work settings. Fall-related deaths occur the most in the construction industry, but some might find it interesting that being injured after a fall at work happens more often than people may realize. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 605 deaths and 212,760 serious injuries resulted from workplace falls to the same or lower level in 2009.
Falls can happen in any workplace setting, but the types of industries that are more prone to employees falling are building maintenance and cleaning, health care, commercial transportation and material moving, and extraction. The largest numbers of falls that are non-fatal to an employee take place most often in health services and wholesale or retail settings.
With extremely high numbers of job-related falls happening each year, workers’ compensation claims have also increased. The medical expenses associated with recovering from an injury after falling can be significant, and the amount of time it takes for a person to fully recover could also affect their ability to work. There have been many federal regulations implemented to protect employees by addressing safety concerns, but the problem has remained a major one in all industries. A company that does not ensure that walking surfaces are stable or that floors that have been recently mopped display the appropriate warning signs may be placing not only their employees at risk but the general public as well.
Those who have been injured in a workplace accident may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. Benefits can include the payment of medical expenses as well as a percentage of lost wages.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Fall Injuries Prevention in the Workplace”, accessed on Jan. 18, 2015