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Slip, Trip and Fall: Prevention and Resources
Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death and a major cause of debilitating injuries in the United States. Falls represent a leading cause of hospital emergency room visits accounting for over 8 million visits per year. Compensation and medical costs associated with fall accidents are approximately $70 billion annually.
As part of the organization’s overall safety and health program, establishing a slip, trip, and fall (STF) prevention program is highly recommended. This sample program is designed to proactively identify and eliminate STF exposures to prevent injuries before they occur. This written program outlines the key elements of an effective STF prevention program. Managers and supervisors should review the content of their program with employees during orientation, staff meetings and refresher training sessions. Not all slips, trips, and falls can be avoided, but the implementation and adherence to this type of safety program will ensure a safer environment for everyone.
The law states that an owner of land owes its invitees a duty to exercise ordinary care in keeping the premises and approaches safe. It is incumbent upon the owners to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This is the standard of care that is owed by the owner to protect against any type of injury that might normally be expected to arise from the use of the premises. This standard of care imposes an affirmative duty on the owner of the premises to maintain the premises in a safe and sound condition. This standard cannot be met by allowing hazardous substances or conditions to be present for unreasonable amounts of time. To find negligence, the person who slipped, tripped or fell must prove the owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the hazard or defect. One way to establish constructive knowledge is to show the owner did not have a reasonable inspection process in place or the owner did not adhere to a customary inspection procedure on the day of the event.
MagMutual believes staff involvement in the site’s safety program can only be successful when each member of the staff understands their roles and responsibilities. The safety guidelines outlined in this program are comprehensive and are important to keep employees and customers safe within the workplace. We are confident the implementation of these guidelines will reduce incidents and promote a safer environment for everyone.
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The information provided in this resource does not constitute legal, medical or any other professional advice, nor does it establish a standard of care. This resource has been created as an aid to you in your practice. The ultimate decision on how to use the information provided rests solely with you, the PolicyOwner.