Indiana workers do all they can to stay safe on the job, but workplace accidents are still commonplace. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.7 million Americans suffered nonfatal on-the-job injuries in 2020. Slip and fall accidents caused many of those injuries.
Slip and fall accidents in the workplace
The National Safety Council reports slip and fall accidents are one of the top causes of workplace injuries in the U.S. In 2019, they accounted for nearly 27.4% of all on-the-job injuries resulting in time away from work. Some of the most common workplace injuries associated with slips and falls include:
Slip and fall injuries typically result in around 13 days of missed work. However, around 22% of slip and fall accidents force workers to take over a month off to recover.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims in the country. Approximately 85% of claims result from workers slipping on slick or wet flooring. Other common causes include:
- Obstacles or obstructions
- Uneven flooring or carpeting
- Poor lighting
- Falls from ladders or higher levels
Slip and fall accidents occur in all industries, but workers in construction, mining and maintenance are most at risk. Medical costs and compensation claims associated with workplace slip and fall accidents exceed $70 billion each year.
Workers’ compensation insurance provides medical benefits and wage replacement to people who suffer on-the-job injuries.