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The truth about fall risk for employers

According to an authority on the subject, North Carolina employers aren't fully aware of the slip and fall risks on their premises. Of those who responded to a survey, 46 percent said that there were between zero and three fall risk zones in their facilities. On average, there are 10 such zones in a given facility. The survey also found that 92 percent of respondents simply put mats at entrances while ignoring the other nine potential risk zones.

Of the respondents, 31 percent said that they placed mats in customer walkways. This is despite the fact that roughly 24 percent reported falls occurring in that part of their property. In some cases, the mats themselves were causing problems as 15 percent of respondents said that wrinkled or bunched-up mats resulted in slips and falls in their buildings.

According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, slip and fall injuries cost employers nearly $11 billion in workers' compensation and medical expenses in 2016. In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported almost 200,000 same level slip and fall injuries. This made it the leading cause of injury on the job, and even a single accident could tarnish a company's brand in the long run in addition to monetary losses experienced.

If a property owner fails to remedy dangerous conditions that could lead to a slip-and-fall accident, it may be possible for an injured victim to take legal action. An attorney may be able to help prove that a wet floor caused a person to slip or that a wrinkled mat caused a person to trip and get hurt. If successful, an injured victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills in addition to lost wages or lost future earnings.

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