Seasonal snowy and icy conditions here in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will inevitably bring an uptick in slip-and-fall accidents. Poor weather conditions coupled with neglected walkways or parking lots can lead to a wintertime slip-and-fall resulting in a variety of debilitating injuries at both home and on the job. It’s the responsibility of landlords, businesses and employers to treat and maintain their properties. Unfortunately, pedestrians and workers must still do their part to be cautious to stay safe and free from injury.
Safety Tips To Avoid Wintertime Slip-and-Falls
Whether it’s a neglected or under-treated walkway or invisible black ice, a slip-and-fall may happen when you least expect it. Follow these simple winter safety tips to reduce your risk of injury:
- Wear proper footwear with slip resistant soles.
- Don’t jog or run on ice.
- When walking on ice, shorten your steps and keep your balance centered.
- Try to stick to walkways that have been shoveled and treated with salt.
- Be prepared for black ice when conditions are conducive to melting and re-freezing.
- Clean feet off thoroughly on mats when entering any business to avoid wet slippage.
Snow & Ice-Related Slip-and-Falls on the Job
A recent national study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that in 2014 there were 34,860 workplace injuries and illnesses involving same level falls on ice, sleet, or snow that required at least one day away from work to recuperate. It should be noted that 1470 of these occurred in Massachusetts. Fortunately, Massachusetts has comprehensive workers’ compensation laws to aid those who are injured on the job.
It’s the responsibility of every employer to maintain the safety of a workplace. This is especially important during these winter months. Here are a few simple tips for employers and business owners:
- Plow and sand/salt all parking lots and driveways. Mark trouble spots such as snow banks and slippery curbs with caution tape or cones.
- Keep all sidewalks, and walk ways shoveled and treated with salt or ice melt.
- Make sure to have an industrial grade non-slip rug/mat at all entrances. Maintain these areas through the day to prevent puddling.
- When necessary, mark areas of floors and stairways with “caution/wet floor” signage until the situation can be remedied.
Contact An Experienced New Bedford Slip-and-Fall Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured by a slip-and-fall accident due to the negligence of a property owner or employer in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, contact one of our experienced lawyers. Whether it’s fighting for workers comp or getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries, we will walk you through the details of your claim and help you to move forward.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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