Slip-and-fall accidents can pose a serious risk to California workers on the job. This can be the case whether they work in a heavy physical job like construction or in a seemingly less risky office job. These kinds of accidents are common and may often be considered minor; however, when serious, they can be fatal or cause live-changing injuries. In 2014, 660 workers were killed after they fell from a height, while another 138 lost their lives in falls at the same level.
It can be easy to miss workplace safety risks that can cause slip-and-fall accidents, especially if they are new hazards on a familiar path. Workers may need to be particularly vigilant in order to avoid unexpected obstacles or spills that can send a person to the ground. In addition, avoiding other distractions can also help to prevent these kinds of workplace accidents. For example, avoiding emailing or texting on a mobile phone while walking, wearing non-slip shoes or walking more slowly can help workers to evade obstacles in their path. When spills occur, cleaning them up quickly can minimize the number of people at risk of a fall.