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Common causes of workplace slip-and-falls

Accidents can happen anywhere, but most employees in California believe that their employer will provide a safe working environment. The truth is that accidents happen at work every day, whether due to negligence or situations beyond the employer's control. We at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry and Katz can represent you if you are injured in a workplace accident and ensure that you get the compensation you need to recover completely.

According to Arbill.com, one of the most common types of accidents that can occur in the workplace is a slip-and-fall. While motor vehicle accidents cause the largest number of accidental fatalities at work, falls come in second at 15 percent. 

There are two different types of falls that can occur. The first is a same-level fall, which means you remain on the same walking surface. This type of fall is the most common and can happen for a variety of reasons, including slick floors, debris and uneven surfaces. Workers in certain industries are more likely to experience this type of fall, especially those involved in retail, wholesale and other services. These three trades account for approximately 60 percent of all same-level falls.

Elevated falls are less common, but more dangerous. Workers who fall from a height are more likely to suffer serious injuries, including traumatic brain damage, spinal cord injuries, head trauma and broken bones. While these falls can sometimes occur from great heights, the majority of elevated falls occur from a height no greater than 10 feet. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.

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