Workers in most industries in Oklahoma are exposed to circumstances that could lead to slip-and-fall accidents. A significant number of lost workdays and workers' compensation claims follow workplace injuries that were caused by same-level falls. While neglected housekeeping can cause slip and trip hazards, footwear with the correct soles can provide enough traction to prevent falls.
Backward falls typically happen when the worker's heel of one foot is placed ahead during the walking motion. If the walking surface is wet or highly polished, that front foot's heel can slip, causing the worker to fall backward. A variety of injuries, some of them serious, could be caused, depending on how the person lands. Traumatic brain injuries can occur if the worker's head strikes a hard object. If the worker's rear foot slips while he or she walks on a slippery surface, a forward fall can result.