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What are the causes behind workplace falls?

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

Arizona workers like you deserve a work environment that allows you to complete your job in safety. While many regulations are in place to allow this, it does not stop every accident from happening. 

Fall incidents are among the most common. Even with precautionary measures, they seem to happen in almost every industry. But why is that, and how can you stop it? 

Fall injury statistics in a year

The National Safety Council looks at statistics for falls in a variety of different job industries. Some have a higher fatality risk than others. For example, in 2016, 384 workers died in the construction industry due to falls. Comparatively, 18 workers died in education and health services. The rate of injury differs, too. Wholesale trade had the least, still with a whopping 10,250 injuries in a year. Government had the most, with 63,350 injuries. 

Biggest contributing factors to falls

So what contributes to these falls? Despite the differences in these jobs, falls often happen for the same reason. Unfortunately, they are almost all preventable, too. Some of the most common include: 

  • Misusing tools in a way they were not intended for 
  • Feeling rushed by employers to prioritize speed over safety 
  • A lack of safety training 
  • No emphasis on safety precautions 
  • Old or broken equipment that is not fixed or replaced 
  • Failure to check equipment regularly to find damage or signs of age 

Many fall incidents are avoidable if workers and employers followed proper safety protocol. Unfortunately, management often has a hand in the conditions that lead to falls. If that is the case for you, you may want to contact an attorney about your workers’ compensation options.