Workers in New Jersey can face a wide array of unexpected dangers on the job, whether they work in an industry known for workplace safety concerns like construction or in a less physically demanding job in an office. Slip-and-fall accidents are responsible for a number of workplace injuries and even fatalities. In 2014 alone, 660 workers lost their lives after they fell from a height, while another 138 were killed when they fell at the same level.
This type of workplace accident can occur in unexpected places, especially when people become complacent about their surroundings due to constant exposure. By keeping a close eye on their environment, workers can help to avoid some of the hazards that can lead to injury. It can be particularly important to avoid walking too quickly or being distracted by emailing or texting on a mobile phone in the office, as these can prevent workers from seeing changes in elevation or obstacles in the path. Where obstacles or spills are apparent, it can be important to take action to clear them away quickly to prevent other injuries to additional people in the workplace.
Construction workers may have a particular concern about falling from an elevation. In 2016, 991 construction workers lost their lives on the job, and a full 370 of those deaths were attributed to falls from a higher level to a lower level. To protect lives in construction, protective equipment and safety protocols can be critical. Worksites should have a plan in place to prevent falls before they take place.
When workers are injured in a slip-and-fall accident, the consequences can be severe. Employees can suffer life-changing injuries on the job and face skyrocketing medical bills. A workers’ compensation lawyer may be able to work with injured employees to pursue the compensation they deserve.