Buildings in Georgia and around the country often have floors made out of materials that have been chosen for their durability and appearance rather than their safety benefits, according to study from the risk-assessment firm CNA. The Virginia-based company looked into slip-and-fall accidents that took place over a seven-year period, and researchers found that about half of the sites they surveyed used flooring materials that failed to meet the minimum standards for slip resistance set by the American National Standards Institute.
Emergency rooms in Georgia and around the country treat an injury involving stairs about every 30 seconds according to a recent study from the Nationwide Children's Hospital. Researchers from the Ohio-based pediatric hospital looked at emergency room data compiled between 1990 and 2012, and they found that ER doctors treated 25 million stair-related injuries during this time. The study was published by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine and released online on Sept. 20.
Employers in Georgia may be underestimating the danger of slip and fall accidents on their premises. According to a study by New Pig, an authority in drips, leaks and spills, employers who ignore these potential hazards may suffer losses in productivity as well as significant medical costs and liability. New Pig sites data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating that the highest number of workplace injuries are caused by same-level slip-and-fall accidents. According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the cost for these falls was $11 billion in medical expenses and workers' compensation in 2016.