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OSHA makes new rules to prevent slip-and-fall accidents

According to some reports, many employers may have missed the new slip-and-fall rules that were recently put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. The Walking-Working Surfaces safety standards were updated in order to help prevent the hundreds of deaths and over 5,000 injuries that happen each year. Many of these incidents take place in New York.

Regular inspections are required by the new guidelines. Employers should make sure that every surface on the job site, where workers and others will be walking and working, is safe. This includes areas such as the floors, stairways, ladders and others. During these inspections, employers should make sure to identify any slip-and-fall or trip hazards.

The new guidelines are said to bring the requirements of the job site up-to-date with those in the construction industry. However, employers are reported to have been slack in their compliance of these new rules. Despite the fact that companies were expected to have employees trained to use the new systems and equipment to avoid falls, many have failed to do so.  

It is the employer's responsibility to keep up with the latest rules and regulations for the job site. If a business owner fails to conduct proper inspections, there could be a rise in injuries and deaths during construction. Anyone in New York who has been injured in any of these slip-and-fall accidents because of an employer's negligence has the right to consult with a personal injury attorney. This type of lawyer can guide the victim and his or her family in the best way to approach a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: hrdive.com, "OSHA's new slip and fall rules might have escaped many employers", Valerie Bolden-Barrett, May 30, 2017

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