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Fall-related risks for household workers

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2022 | Slip-and-Fall Accidents

There are a multitude of individuals who work in professions that require them to visit another party’s home to perform job-related tasks and some may even work within a household year-round. Those who work in professions such as plumbing may visit numerous houses each day, while some households may hire maids or chefs as permanent staff members at a home in New Mexico. Part of providing a safe work environment for these parties might involve taking steps to mitigate slip-and-fall hazards in the home, as failure to do so could prompt devastating repercussions. 

There could be a multitude of slip-and-fall risks that may exist within a home, and similar hazards might place the safety of household workers in harm’s way. Some examples of safety risks within a household may include: 

  • Lack of lighting:  Poorly lit areas can limit visibility, and those who work in such conditions might not always be able to spot a potential hazard before it is too late. 
  • Floor clutter:  Exposed extension cords and messy floor surfaces are two examples of types of floor clutter that may increase the risks of a potentially devastating incident. 
  • Slippery floors:  Slippery surfaces remain a common cause of fall-related accidents and failure to address similar issues could prove detrimental in nature. 
  • Changes in elevation:  While uneven surfaces can be dangerous, they can also be difficult to detect and addressing such issues might prove vital to reducing the risks of a dangerous slip-and-fall accident. 

Loose floor mats and rugs may also increase the risks of a dangerous fall-related incident, and the fallout of such an accident could leave a person facing severe or even permanent health complications. 

Individuals who visit another party’s property as part of their employment may rely on this party to provide a safe environment, but things might not always go as planned. Slip-and-fall accidents that take place under similar scenarios could pose a significant threat to one’s health and leave a person with questions about his or her available legal avenues. Following the incident, a person in New Mexico could consider consulting with an attorney for guidance on his or her available legal avenues and assistance in preparing for the subsequent process.