Slips and falls are common injuries, but they should be prevented. There are actions that businesses can take to help prevent slips and falls on their property. These actions can help ensure the safety of their customers.
It is often required for businesses to post signage about certain hazards on their property. An example would be a sign warning about a wet/slippery floor. There should also be signs indicating stairs, changes in incline, common tripping hazards, and anything else that could inhibit customers walking around. In addition to signs, a business could place reflective tape around hazards to draw attention to them. In addition to signage, businesses should have safety measures in place such as handrails and guardrails, non-slip floor mats, and adequate lighting.
Clean Up Spills
Spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible. The first step is identifying the type of spill and its size. Oil spills can be flammable and should be handled differently than a water spill. Large spills will also require more absorbent materials than a smaller spill. Identifying the source of the spill is also important. For example, if the spill is a result of a leak, the leak needs to be found and stopped. When cleaning up a spill, signage should be placed around it to indicate there is a hazard. If you come across any type of spill at a business, notify an employee immediately so it can be addressed.
Keep Floors Clear
Every effort should be made to prevent slips and falls at a business. Keeping floors clear and well maintained is essential. Clutter should be removed from walkways. If there are any cords for electrical equipment, internet, etc., they should run along the walls or behind furniture. If they must run along the floor, they should be largely out of the way and clearly identifiable. Often, you can run cords under carpet, but the carpet should still be flat. It is also important to maintain the state of the floor. Cracks and holes can be tripping hazards, so they need to be repaired as soon as possible.
There is a lot a business can do to prevent slips and falls. However, accidents can still happen. If you have been injured while on the property of a business, you can seek help to make sure you are fairly compensated.
If you have been injured, contact a slip and fall lawyer for help.