Slip and fall accidents are a familiar sight in the legal system, but it's not always as clear that they can affect employees as much as they can consumers. In Ohio, a pressman was recently awarded a judgment after he slipped and fell while picking up his paycheck.
Even though Kirk Phelps wasn't actually working at the time of the accident, judges for the Court of Appeals ruled that workers' compensation was warranted in a case where Phelps was doing something related to his job. They argued that picking up a paycheck is a standard part of the work process.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a number of programs to help employees feel safe where they work, whether it's a manufacturing plant or a department store. Knowing what these guidelines are can be as easy as asking your employer or contacting your regional OSHA office.
You can also take steps yourself. Ask your employer to provide help if you work in an area with lots of cluttered equipment, or is frequently covered in liquids. They may balk, but you can explain that the cost of workers' compensation if you were injured is much greater than any changes.
OSHA is also working on improved guidelines for walking and working surfaces that will prevent employers from being able to use outdated and/or dangerous equipment to keep workers from getting injured. If you have questions you can contact OSHA directly or consider contacting our office, Markhoff & Mittman, for a FREE consultation.