Trip and fall injuries at work can happen frequently, and although they may not seem serious at first, they can have serious consequences. A fall at work can mean a loss of income, medical expenses, loss of a career, and many other hardships to an injured worker and his or her family. The ultimate price of a fall at work could even result in death.
According to the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers.
Obviously, prevention is best. The Virginia workers compensation system can be a tricky process and avoiding a preventable injury is always best for everyone involved!
5 Ways to Prevent Trip and Fall Injuries in the Workplace
- wear properly fitting footwear;
- fix, repair or remove any hazardous conditions like spills or loose cords;
- work in well-lit areas;
- use appropriate safety equipment; and
- do not carry objects that hinder you from seeing in front of you
If you notice a hazardous situation that could cause trip and fall injuries, you should report it immediately to your employer and see that it is resolved in a timely manner. If you fail to do so, tip and fall injuries can lead to broken bones, concussions, cuts, scrapes, etc. This can not only hinder your health but also leave you and your family in a financial rut, as you try to keep with the piling medical bills while you are out of work.
What If My Employer Doesn’t Care About Safety?
As a Virginia workers compensation attorney, I get this question a lot. However, in Virginia, the workers compensation system is strictly dealing with the insurance benefits put in place to provide for an injured worker’s medical expenses and lost time pay. The Virginia workers compensation system does not regulate the Employer in any way. If you have concerns about safety procedures, training, equipment, or prevention, you may want to contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at www.osha.gov to find your local office or possibly file a formal complaint.
Even if you take all the right steps and follow all safety protocols, accidents can still happen at work so make sure you know what steps to take if you were injured in a fall on the job in Virginia.
A fall at work can be covered in Virginia under specific circumstances, you should ALWAYS consult an experienced Virginia Workers Compensation lawyer before making any statements to the insurance carrier about your fall.
Contact a Virginia Attorney about Your Work-Related Injury Claim
When you have difficulties with your work-related injury claim, a Virginia workers comp attorney can bear some of the burdens you’ve been placed under. To get back on your feet, whether it means getting back to work or getting the benefits you deserve, order a copy of our free book, the Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, and contact a workers’ comp attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm for a no-cost consultation – 877-755-7744 or 804-755-7755.
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The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.