Can You Actually Prevent a Fall Down Accident?
Truth be told, personal injury attorneys come into play after people are hurt. However, that doesn’t speak to best-case scenarios. The idea that an “ounce of prevention is worth its weight in gold” makes perfect sense. Is it possible to prevent a fall down accident and avoid injury? You might be surprised. According to the United States Department of Labor, falls are the leading cause of death when it comes to construction accidents. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) runs campaigns associated with fall prevention.
When it comes to the risk of falling on the job, OSHA suggests some useful tips workers of all types should consider. They include the following:
- Plan out your work, including the use of safety equipment. Scaffolding accidents often result in serious injuries. Workers should have the foresight to use harnesses to avoid fall down accidents.
- Look out for loose footings and holes in new and old construction. More than one person failed to notice a skylight and fell through the open space.
- Make sure that you and your co-workers receive proper training on equipment and use it safely.
In the meantime, construction sites aren’t the only place where people fall down and get hurt. For that matter, it’s not just workers who can avoid slip and fall or trip and fall accidents.
Simple Tips to Avoid Fall Down Accidents
One of the most obvious tips to avoid fall down accidents starts with an acknowledgment of the role technology plays in everyday life. The National Safety Council reports that distracted walking doesn’t just result in injuries related to falls. Texting and walking also account for a number of a motor vehicle crashes with pedestrians. Video footage from a popular news show highlighted a woman who fell into a hatch leading to the basement of a New Jersey store. It appears she didn’t notice the opening as she was looking down at her telephone. Unfortunately, others have plunged to their death after they failed to realize an elevator door opened without any evidence of its car.
- Wear appropriate footwear. For example, consider sporting sneakers for walks from the Path Station to work. You can always change into heels when you get to the office.
- Use handrails whenever possible. In particular, this helps reduce to risk of falling downstairs.
- Avoid tripping hazards such as wires or ropes. Take the few extra steps to ensure your safety.
- Try to walk in well-lit areas, so you can see where you are going.
It’s a well-established fact that advancing age increases the chance of someone falling. The National Council of Aging asserts that emergency rooms see an older person with fall injuries every 11 seconds. Take extra precautions to protect elderly family members from harm.
No doubt that many factors, including weather and improper maintenance and repair of premises, contribute to falling down accidents. If you or a loved one believe someone else is responsible for the conditions that caused your injuries, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone can help investigate your claim. Give us a call at 201-762-8956 to schedule an appointment.