Slip and fall accidents can result in very serious, even catastrophic injuries. In the most severe cases, a slip and fall cause permanent brain damage, paralysis, or death. This month the National Safety Council is raising public awareness to prevent slips, trips and falls in North Carolina and nationwide. In addition to preventing falls from ladders or rooftops, the agency is promoting general awareness related to slip or trip and fall injuries.
On June 2, the National Safety Council launched its campaign to promote wellness and to prevent slips, trips and falls as part of National Safety Month. Every year, the month of June is used to educate citizens and to provide information to prevent injuries and death. This week, advocates are using resources to raise public awareness and to help individuals, families and businesses avoid the dangers of slip and falls. Our North Carolina slip and fall attorneys are committed to raising public awareness to prevent these accidents.
According to the NSC, falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death. Falls may involve rooftops or balconies, home improvement, staircases, or the workplace. During the summer months, slip and fall accidents are on the rise because more homeowners are using ladders in and outside of the home. Here are some tips to prevent slip and falls when you are at home:
Ensure you have the right ladder and equipment. Choosing the right ladder is important to staying safe. You should make sure you know how to properly use and lock a ladder and ensure that the ladder is in good working condition.
Check your work area. Many falls are the result of hazards surrounding your work area. You should check for cords or other objects in the walkway. Be sure that you are not working with small children around and that your ladder is secured before you start working.
Weather makes a difference. Working in the rain or when it is windy can create additional risks of falls. You could slip on a wet ladder or a ladder could lose its grip. If the weather changes suddenly while you are working, you should head indoors and suspend work on your project.
Position yourself correctly. Proper balance is key to reducing the chance of falling or slipping off a ladder. You should always have three points of contact with the ladder. For example, you should have two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand. Don't overreach, just move the ladder if you are too far away.
A slip and fall may be related to negligence, defective equipment, or unsafe premises. If you or someone you love has suffered from a fall, an investigator can identify those individuals and entities responsible. You may be entitled to significant compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, wages, and other personal losses related to the accident.
Nationwide, the National Safety Council is requesting that agencies, community leaders and the general public join in the campaign to prevent accidental falls. Encouraging safe behavior and knowing how to properly use ladders and other equipment can reduce the chances of an accidental fall, injury, or death.