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What conditions contribute to slip accidents?

Residents all across Maryland lead busy lives, just like you. You have an extensive to-do list and a lot of work to cram into your daily schedule, and that can include traveling to many different stores at all hours of the day. Unfortunately, this can increase your chance of getting into a slip-and-fall accident.

The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) lists quick facts for these slip-and-fall accidents, showing that your chances of slipping can be high even if the usual culprits aren't around. But what are the usual suspects? Common conditions that can contribute to these falls include:

  • Icy or wet floors
  • A lack of warning for slippery areas
  • Uneven ground
  • Poor lighting conditions
  • Obstacles

Some of these, like icy floors or poor lighting conditions, can make it difficult for you to even be aware of the fact that you might be walking directly into danger. Other things, like wet floors or obstacles, can be easily underestimated, causing you to feel safe and let your guard down even when traversing across a potentially harmful area. Slippery floors also contribute to 85 percent of all worker's compensation claims, showing just how prevalent these types of conditions are.

Something as simple as wearing the wrong type of shoe can lead to an increased risk of slipping at the workplace. For this reason, you should take care when traversing through your job. Heed signs where possible and keep an eye out for obstacles. Speak with a supervisor if you believe chronic workplace habits are contributing to potential of slipping hazards.

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