Published on October 21, 2015
For young people, falling isn’t something most of us think of as particularly hazardous. Mostly that’s because we haven’t done much of it since we were children, and when we do it’s mostly on purpose when playing sports or engaging in some other activity.
Slipping, tripping, and falling are dangerous at any age, and frequently result in serious and expensive injuries, including broken bones, dislocations, and concussions. It’s responsibility to every business and public entity to minimize the risk of slipping, tripping, or falling on their premises to ensure public safety, as well as to avoid legal liability in any potential slip and fall suit.
Clear Tripping Hazards
Loose cables, damaged carpeting, and debris need to be removed or taped down to ensure that no one can accidentally trip over them. Employees who are focused on their job won’t have time to look down at the ground while they’re moving around, and their spaces need to be clear and safe to move around in freely.
Door jambs, curbs, uneven surfaces, wet spots, and freshly waxed floors need to be clearly marked. Permanent hazards like doorjambs and curbs should be brightly painted to draw attention, and temporary hazards should be marked with a sign.
Improve Traction in Slippery Areas
Entryways and metal surfaces are very likely to become slippery as people track debris and water onto them during the workday. To minimize the risk of slipping it’s important to lay down absorbent doormats and to put down anti-skid tape on smooth surfaces. This reduces the amount of water being brought inside and improves traction on those high-risk surfaces when conditions do deteriorate throughout the day.
Clear Outdoor Debris
Businesses aren’t just responsible for their indoor spaces. Any area where your customers or workers will reasonably be walking on you property should be viewed as your responsibility. While the climate makes this easier in Florida than a lot of other states, it’s important to again ensure that any smooth surfaces like metal wheelchair ramps are treated with anti-skid tape, and that debris like leaves or mud are kept clear of walkways and parking spaces.
Freezing weather is extremely rare in Florida, but that actually makes it significantly more dangerous when it does happen because people and businesses are usually caught completely unprepared. When freezing does occur, toss a few handfuls of sand on any slippery spots, focusing specifically on the business entrance, handicapped parking spots, stairs, and wheelchair ramps.
If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of a slip, trip or fall in Miami, please reach out to us at 1-800-INJURED. We’ll help you get in touch with experienced slip and fall lawyers and medical centers that’ll help you get the care and compensation that you deserve.
Category: Slip And Fall