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3 common workplace trip hazards 

Some occupations are more dangerous than others. For example, construction is widely regarded as one of the most hazardous industries. Nonetheless, every work environment has the potential to be dangerous, especially where trip hazards are concerned. 

What are the most common workplace trip hazards? Here are three:

1. Floor surfaces 

Many trips occur due to floor surfaces. For example, the floor in a commercial kitchen may become greasy over the course of a day. Or, an office building with an old carpet may become dangerous when that carpet starts to fray. Floors should be cleaned, dried and well maintained, no matter what type of material they consist of. 

2. Poor housekeeping 

Trips and falls tend to occur more often in untidy spaces. For example, an office floor may be littered with boxes containing case files or other paperwork. Walkways should always remain clear and boxes should be stored out of the way or above head height when it is safe to do so. 

Another aspect of housekeeping that can be overlooked is trailing wires. An office may be fitted with the latest computer equipment. If this computer equipment is hooked up with a trailing cable, then the technology becomes a safety hazard.

3. Dim lighting 

Workplaces are always looking for ways to save the environment and cut costs at the same time. One way of doing this is by installing energy-efficient lighting. For instance, the lighting in a bathroom may switch off after a set period of no movement. Or, lights may remain dim during the early hours of the day. While cutting costs and reducing emissions are positives, this should not be done at the expense of the safety of workers. 

If you have been injured at work, you do not have to establish fault to receive workers’ comp. As long as the injury was work-related, you may be entitled to benefits.