Slip and falls accidents are often very serious accidents, and they can happen nearly anywhere. There are, however, several places you frequent where slip and fall accidents are more likely to occur. While the term slip and fall probably does not fill you with dread, it is important to recognize that these accidents can be surprisingly dangerous and cause extremely severe injuries.
Slip and Falls: The Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares several significant statistics related to just how serious and prevalent slip and fall accidents are, including:
- About 20 percent of all falls lead to serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and broken bones.
- The most common cause of TBI is falling.
- Every year, more than 800,000 people in the United States are hospitalized as a result of slipping and falling.
Slip and fall accidents are dangerous accidents, and they are not infrequent.
Slip and Falls at the Grocery Store
Grocery stores are often the site of slip and fall accidents. Grocery stores are busy places, and when they are not properly maintained and kept, accidents like slip and falls are not uncommon. There can be a variety of tripping hazards in grocery stores, including:
- Spills and leaks that can leave the aisles slippery
- Worn, frayed, uneven, torn, or bunched flooring
- Displays that jut into aisles
- Debris that collects in the aisles
Slip and Falls at Work
Even if you work in an office, your workspace can harbor slip-and-fall dangers. If you work in a warehouse or construction site, your chances of being injured in a slip and fall accident are even greater. Hazards such as worn or uneven flooring, loose wires, lack of handrails on stairs, poorly kept grounds, entryways made slippery by debris – and more – can lead to dangerous slip and fall accidents on the job.
Slip and Falls at School
Your children’s schools can also harbor hazards that lead to slip and fall accidents. Slippery floors, poorly worn flooring, debris that does not get cleaned up, dangerous playground equipment, and more can all contribute to slip and falls.
Slip and Falls at the Gym
Your local gym probably sees its fair share of slip and fall accidents. Such accidents can be caused by any number of hazards, including faultily maintained equipment, common areas that aren’t kept clear, slippery floors (especially in the locker rooms), and/or uneven or worn walkways.