Don't Forget Your Administrative And Clerical Employees When Monitoring For Falls

Fall prevention plans are necessary for construction and industrial job sites in order to protect the workers, of course, but in many cases, the plans look at hazards on the factory floor, in the fields, off scaffolding, and so on. If you work at a job site like this, it's not enough to have only the industrial workers receive protection from falls. The clerical and administrative employees are at risk, too. If you're among this group and have suffered a fall, you need to meet with a slip and fall lawyer to discuss whether you were given adequate protection and warnings.

No-Slip Shoes

Were you required to wear no-slip shoes on the job? While a typical office environment might not require these, if you worked at a company that had industrial or construction components, these really should have been part of the required dress code. In a factory environment, for example, you have an increased risk of spills, plus a fall could send you tumbling into industrial equipment.

Dedicated Buildings and Rooms

Were administrative and clerical employees (other than those dealing directly with the factory/construction worksite) kept in a separate building or room? If you were not, what safety training were you given regarding staying safe around the equipment? Many people who apply for clerical jobs don't expect to be in the middle of construction or factory equipment, so they need extra training to learn how to spot something going wrong, and additional warnings about where they shouldn't go in the facility. For example, if you were working in a clerical capacity and were not expecting to be placed within the industrial portion of the facility, you should have received information about the risks you faced and how to handle them. If you did not, your employer could be seen as negligent, depending upon specific circumstances.

Ensuring Guardrails Are Present

One more great way to stop people from falling is to give them something to grab onto, or have something that could physically block a fall. Were you in a modular building that didn't have appropriate guardrails? Did guardrails separate walkways from other sections of the factory or worksite?

If you've fallen at work and think there might not have been adequate safety measures in place, you need to talk to a slip and fall lawyer. The lawyer can go over your worksite setup with you to see if vital protections were missing or otherwise unusable. It's crucial that you discuss all of this with a lawyer to ensure that you can put together a good case for court.