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Are you at risk of a fall at work?

It's a known fact that the older we get, the more susceptible we become to injuries from falls. Falls round out the top three causes of unintentional deaths in America, and in 2014, over 31,000 individuals died from injuries suffered in falls.

Just in the workplace alone, in one calendar year, 47,000 employees were hurt in falls and almost 600 workers lost their lives. In order to prevent more harm and fatalities, the National Safety Council offers the following fall prevention tips:

-- Keep ramps, steps and doorways obstruction-free.

-- Clear out cluttered passageways and halls.

-- Repair uneven surfaces.

-- Take note of locations that are sites of frequent spills and wet areas and address the problems.

-- Heavily trafficked areas should be well-maintained and clear at all times.

-- Put out signs to warn workers, customers and vendors whenever a floor is wet from mopping.

-- Ensure that all spills are immediately wiped up.

-- Stabilize ladders and secure stairs by installing handrails.

-- Make sure that there are no telephone or electrical cords on the floor to trip workers and others.

-- Only non-skid mats should be used on floors, never throw rugs that can cause workers to slip.

All employees should be provided with safety equipment if they are expected to work above ground for any reason. Safety protocols should be implemented and followed in the workplace to reduce the frequency of slips, trips and falls.

Nonetheless, if you wind up injured due to a fall, you may be able to pursue a claim and receive compensation for your injuries, damages and other economic losses.

Source: National Safety Council, "The dangers of slips, trips and falls," accessed Nov. 11, 2016

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