You work in an office, so you don’t typically worry about getting hurt on the job. Unfortunately, the last few days proved you wrong. First, a coworker tripped on edging as she walked into the room and ended up in the hospital for stitches to her forehead. Now, you wound up falling on the same area. Unlike your coworker, you didn’t hit your head, but you did break your wrist when you tried to catch yourself.
Uneven or unsafe flooring is dangerous. It can be hard to notice, especially if the reason the area is unsafe is due to flooring that shifts or moves only when you step on it. There are many situations in which uneven or sloping floors, slick flooring and damage can lead to injuries.
What should you do if you see a problem with the flooring at work?
Employers and employees can take some time to assess the flooring in their place of work to make sure that it is safe. If you notice that there is a piece of flooring coming loose or an area where there is a risk of a trip-and-fall accident, that area should be fixed. For example, some employers indicate when there is a slope with a sign or tape on the flooring. Others might have the flooring leveled out with the help from a contractor.
If carpet is pulling up or metal edgers between door frames come loose, tacking them back down could help prevent someone from tripping and getting hurt.
What happens after you get hurt in your office?
In your case, the hazard should have been addressed after the first employee was injured. Everyone should have been informed of the possible danger and steps should have been taken to make the area safer. Employers who don’t take any action to correct a hazard can be held liable for failing to maintain a safe workplace.
You are able to seek workers’ compensation if you’re hurt on the job due to tripping and falling. Your employer should help you complete the claim. If your employer does not want you to make the claim or refuses to assist, you can reach out to your attorney to begin the process. Standing in the way of a claim is a violation of your rights, and your employer could face legal repercussions.
In the meantime, seek medical care and focus on your recovery. Your health comes first.