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Preventing slips and falls in medical facilities

Most Pittsburgh doctors, nurses, technicians and other medical professionals are probably used to the common health hazards that come with their job, one of which is an elevated risk for slips, trips and falls. When doctors and nurses rush to treat patients or handle emergency situations, they have a higher likelihood of tripping and falling or colliding with a stationary object. And because hospital floors are uncarpeted in order to reduce the risk of infection, those falls can hurt - and cause major injury.

So what can medical facilities do to protect their employees from slip and fall accidents and injuries? In a recent article on the matter, several occupational therapists offer advice on how to take action in order to prevent those accidents from taking place.

  1. Talk to staff. As the people who are on the floor every day, they most likely know about all of the problem spots and dangerous issues that could (or already have) caused accidents.
  2. Do a walk-through. Whether this is conducted by facility staff or a third party, it is important to get a thorough assessment of the facility to identify any possible hazards. Common dangers include water and other liquids that tend to accumulate near sinks and faucets, electrical cords that cross the paths of employees, uneven floors and unmarked steps.
  3. Address the identified hazards. Fix leaky sinks and faucets, cover or remove electrical cords and paint or place signs on uneven floors and steps.

Employers have a duty to keep their employees' workplaces safe. If you have been injured by a slip and fall accident at work, you may have a valid premises liability claim against your employer and receive damages or other compensation for your pain and suffering.

Source: American Medical News, "How to save medical office from slips, trips and falls," Victoria Stagg Elliott, Dec. 17, 2012

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