Slip-and-fall injuries in Colorado way up in 2019
Avalanches aren’t the only things cascading in large numbers in Colorado this year. Pinnacol Assurance, the state’s largest provider of workers compensation insurance, is reporting a big jump in slip-and-fall claims.
In the first two months of 2019, those kind of claims, related mostly to snow and ice, are up 46.3 percent compared to the same two months in 2018. And that’s not counting March and April, two of the snowier months on the calendar.
“We went from a little over 770 claims last year to over 1,100 claims this year,” said Jim McMillen, director of safety services at Pinnacol.
The increased claims aren’t coming out of the resort towns buried under feet of snow this year or from outdoor workers exposed to the elements for hours on end.
Rather, office workers in Front Range counties are slipping in larger numbers on their way in or out of buildings or in parking lots, McMillen said.
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