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Can wet conditions cause an outdoor slip-and-fall accident?

Do you work outdoors? Have you come to find that there are certain things you must do in order to lessen the chance of being part of an accident?

Wet conditions, for example, can cause an outdoor slip-and-fall accident. For this reason, you need to be careful about what you're doing when the rain or snow begins to fall or accumulate on a work surface.

Here are a few examples of the ways wet weather can increase the chance of an outdoor slip-and-fall accident:

  • Rain leads to a slippery surface, thus making it more difficult to maintain traction when working
  • Ice or snow accumulates on the ground
  • Ice begins to melt and drips to the ground below, often refreezing and causing a slip hazard
  • Sloping surfaces can freeze, making them more difficult to traverse

These are just a few examples of how wet weather can make it more difficult to do your job.

While you hope your employer does his or her part in maintaining a safe work environment, this isn't always the case. This is particularly true if the weather takes a turn for the worse without notice.

You need to do your part in remaining safe, realizing that wet conditions can increase the chance of a slip and fall.

If you're injured in this type of accident on the job, report the incident to your employer as quickly as possible. Also, make sure you receive medical attention. Doing both of these things will improve your ability to receive workers' compensation benefits, which will ease your stress during the recovery process.

Source: FindLaw, "Conditions Leading to Outdoor Slip and Fall Accidents," accessed March 22, 2018

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