If you fall while working, you could suffer a severe injury. Those who work in certain jobs, like tree trimming or construction, likely recognize that a fall could be a major threat to them any day they work. Even wait staff at a restaurant and factory workers could be at risk of suffering a fall that has significant career consequences.
According to the National Safety Council, 880 workers lose their lives in falls every year based on data from 2019, and another 244,000 workers suffer significant injuries because they fell while working. How can you potentially reduce your risk of falling on the job?
Invest in footwear that provides adequate traction
Shoes with an inadequate grip are a major cause of worker slips and falls, especially the same-level falls that occur while the worker rushes across the floor. Footwear with good traction could be the difference between slipping and falling in someone’s spilled coffee and continuing with your day uninterrupted.
Use safety equipment when working at significant heights
Your employer should provide you with safety equipment if you routinely work at a high elevation. That equipment can help protect you if you fall. Although putting on and adjusting a harness or similar safety equipment can add time to your workday, it is a worthwhile investment of your time to always use necessary equipment every time you are working high off the ground.
Unfortunately, even with good shoes and the right gear, workers can still get hurt in falls. Knowing your rights after a workplace accident can help you protect yourself from long-term losses.