Alabama employees may be wondering what circumstances are most often associated with on-the-job falls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have indicated that injuries from falling while at work often happen when floors are slippery or are cluttered or unstable, holes are in the floor or openings of the walls, ladders are unsafely positioned, and fall protection equipment is not used properly. There are specific federal regulations in place to help prevent falls and protect employees, but many industries still show large numbers of fall injuries each year.
Many experts believe that educating the workplace culture could help to prevent falls from occurring at work. Implementing new protection technology could also help as well as researchers focusing on enhancing the workplace environment. An employee can fall any number of ways, including simply changing a light fixture or walking upstairs. Data compiled from 2009 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that there were 212,760 workers injured and 605 workers killed after falling at work.