According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. There are millions of hospital visits each year due to slip and fall accidents. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make your property safer and avoid accidents!
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Premises liability cases are due to the failure of a property owner to protect his visitors from harm. These cases are complex and often require an attorney. Consider these three steps to make your property safer:
Improper lighting increases the possibility of slip and fall accidents exponentially. If you have an area in or around your property that is not well lit, consider adding lights. This will ensure that people will be able to see where they’re going and avoid potential danger. Remember to have proper lighting outside of your facility, as well.
Objects in walkways can easily lead to disaster if they are not removed promptly. Combine this with poor lighting and it’s inevitable that someone will get hurt. Slip and fall accidents are often caused by small, hard-to-see objects. Consider appointing an employee to walk the halls and walkways hourly to ensure these objects are removed quickly.
Unfortunately, certain issues cannot be fixed immediately such as a cracked sidewalk or broken stairs. However, placing signs near the dangerous area will inform pedestrians of the hazard. Two examples of clear signage are reflective tape and bright orange cones.
It’s impossible to ensure that your guests are wearing the appropriate footwear. However, you can regulate the type of shoes your employees wear. If you work in an environment with slippery floors, instruct all employees to wear non-slip shoes and to keep their shoelaces tied.
If you’ve been injured, contact an Adams Law Firm attorney today.