Slip & Fall Accidents in the Healthcare Industry
Work-related slip and fall incidents can result in serious injuries that impact a healthcare employee’s ability to do his or her job. Falls often result in lost workdays, reduced productivity, expensive worker compensation claims, and diminished ability to care for patients. The incidence rate of lost-workday injuries from slips and falls in hospitals was 38 per 10,000 employees, 90% greater than the average rate for all other industries combined. Slips as a whole are the second most common cause of lost-workday injuries in hospitals.
Contaminants on the floor are the leading cause of slip and fall accidents in healthcare facilities. Water, grease and other fluids can make walking surfaces slippery.
Places where healthcare employees can slip and fall:
- Patient Rooms
- Loading Docks
- Locker Rooms
- Steps and Walkways