Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of lost work time in the oil and gas industry, according to a recent report in Occupational Health & Safety. Working outside on slippery surfaces, operating heavy equipment for long hours, and navigating around cords and cables can all contribute to these kinds of accidents. In all, slips and falls are responsible for 23% of injuries and 36% of fatalities among oil and gas workers.
Keeping employees safe from slips, trips and falls in all types of labor-intensive jobs is important. How can employers work to ensure industry and construction laborers are operating in sites that are as danger-free as possible?
The most key area, noted the article, is maintenance and housekeeping. Maintaining tools and equipment will help prevent leaks and failures, which can cause slick surfaces. Cleaning and organizing can prevent fluid build-up on floors and keep walkways clean and clear of possible trip hazards. But, as the piece cautioned, this will not happen by itself. Employers must ensure that tasks like these are delegated and overseen by managers to help enforce them as a regular practice on the job site.
Even though companies try to reinforce safe work environments, accidents happen, and often because of negligence. If you would like to talk to an attorney experienced in workplace accidents, please reach out to us. Our firm is recognized as a leader in litigating workplace injury cases throughout Pennsylvania.