Unfortunately, slip-and-fall injuries are all-too-common occurrences. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips and falls result in over 1 million emergency room visits each year. They are also the primary cause of workers’ compensation claims.
People of all ages are at risk of slipping and falling practically any time they leave the home, but there are a few situations that are the most common cause of injury caused by a stumble, trip or slip.
Poor weather conditions
Rain, snow and ice can create a hazard for anyone walking on a sidewalk or into a business. These weather conditions lead to slippery surfaces, including cement, tile or linoleum, which can cause someone to slip and fall.
Wet surfaces not caused by weather are another leading cause of falls. Typically, a spill or cleanup of a spill leaves a slippery floor that is extremely hazardous. Some cleaning products can even make things worse.
Potholes, rugs, cluttered floors, lifted sidewalks and cords can all cause someone to trip. This is especially common in workplaces where no one took the time to clear safe walkways for employees, as well as in parking lots or entryways to businesses.
Even a flat surface can become dangerous if the lighting surrounding it is bad. Low lighting makes it difficult to see small changes in flooring, and it is a common cause of slip and fall injuries.
What seems like a minor slip and fall can lead to serious injuries, including fractures, TBIs and possible paralysis. Knowing where you should be most cautious may help you avoid such issues.