A report from New Pig suggests that employers in Georgia and elsewhere are underestimating slip and fall risks. If a worker is injured in such an accident, a company could face significant medical costs as well as lost productivity. It may also cause short and long-term damage to the organization’s brand. New Pig’s report uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which found that slip and fall accidents are the most common way that workers get hurt on the job.

According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, there were roughly 200,000 injuries caused by slip and fall accidents in 2015. This lead to roughly $11 billion in costs for employers. The survey found that 46 percent of respondents believed that there were between zero and three same-level fall zones in their facilities. However, there were actually 10 such zones on average.

A typical solution to preventing slip and fall accidents was to place mats at entrances while leaving all other zones uncovered. Despite the fact that 24 percent of such accidents occurred in customer walkways, only 31 percent of respondents said that they placed mats in these areas. Wrinkled or bunched-up mats with rubber backing were a main cause of slip and fall accidents for 15 percent of respondents to the survey.

If an employer creates dangerous conditions for workers, customers or anyone else on their premises, the injured victim may be entitled to compensation. An attorney may use photographs, witness testimony or other evidence to show that negligence led to the injuries. Compensation may help to pay medical bills or make up for lost wages.