Slip and fall injuries happen frequently in South Florida. Unfortunately, injuries resulting from these types of incidents can end in serious tragedy. According to CBS 12 News, a man fell from a catwalk at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach last week.
The man, Finton Hollingsworth, was a theater operation technician who was setting up for the Voices of Pride concert. He fell 30 feet onto the stage below. He died of head injuries at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The incident is still under investigation.
The statistics on slip and fall injuries are staggering. The National Safety Council reports that over 9 million disabling slip and fall accidents occur each year, which led to over 95 million lost work days and an average cost of $20,288.00. A survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that slip and falls are the most common type of work-related injury.
Of course, each incident is different, but with these numbers in mind, it is important for businesses to take all the steps necessary to ensure that they maintain a safe environment, so that their employees and their patrons can avoid injury.