One of the most common accidents in Missouri workplaces involves falls. Many companies across the country are encouraged to participate in the National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, which takes place this year from May 6 to 10. A number of employees who experience a fall at work often rely on workers’ compensation as a part of their healing process. Organizers of the week-long event hope to raise awareness of potential hazards in the workplace and teach employers and employees safety strategies.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is helping to promote the event, which has been going for six years. OSHA’s website has educational material in both Spanish and English to help companies facilitate various events. The site has fall safety videos, a training guide, fact sheets and more. OSHA expects that millions of employees will participate in the Stand-Down.

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, which is particularly vulnerable to these types of accidents due to the nature of the job. The Stand-Down will also give employers and employees a chance to revisit their company’s safety policies. The hope is to generate discussion that informs everyone in the workplace and prevents accidents from occurring.

Despite these safety protocols, there are still companies that do not take proper precautions to protect employees. If an employee is injured while on the job, workers’ compensation benefits can help with outstanding medical bills and lost wages. Anyone who has questions about workers’ compensation here in Missouri can speak with an experienced attorney to determine the best course of action.