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Slip-and-fall accidents are no joking matter. In the winter months, when snow and ice are inevitable, it is crucial that employers and property owners keep their worksites safe for employees, visitors and others. According to OSHA, falls are among the leading causes of injuries and deaths on construction sites. Keep in mind that a fall may occur from a great height or at ground level, and snow and ice can be very hazardous.

Here are some winter tips for preventing accidents on the job site:

It is generally up to the employer to ensure that walking surfaces on the job site are clear of snow and ice. There should never be snow or ice in places where employees and contractors frequently walk. As soon as there is snow on the ground, then de-icer should be used on the sidewalks and walkways. Workers should also be properly trained to avoid snow and ice hazards, and have footwear with traction and insulation.

Safety on the job also means avoiding falls from heights. There should be no snow or ice on ladders or scaffolding, and it’s important for construction workers to have proper fall-prevention gear like straps and harnesses.

Many construction site accidents are the result of negligence on the part of employers and property owners. If you or someone you love has been injured due to construction site negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income and other costs. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your options.