Most slip and fall accident cases can be traced back to some form and measure of negligence. Such incidents are very common in the US these days, mainly because owners of premises neglect to take due precautions which would have ensured everyone stayed safe on their property. Following are some measures which can be taken in that direction.
Minimizing Slippery and Wet Surfaces
The more wet surfaces you have on your property, the more danger there is of people getting hurt. To combat this, you could mop up any wet surfaces, keep and hold the sidewalks and parking lots in good repair, remove snow and ice, apply anti-skid paint or adhesive stripping where needed, place moisture-absorbing mats at entrances, set up “wet floor” signs as proper, and make sure spills are cleaned up immediately.
Removing Obstacles from Walkways and Aisles
A lot of the environmental factors which lead up to a slip and fall accident can be prevented if all the passageways and work areas are maintained in an orderly state. Additionally, it could be beneficial if the owner avoided stringing up cables and cords across walking areas and hallways, which would divert people’s attention from the floor in front of them. Moving boxes and other obstacles should be removed from heavily-trafficked areas, and they should make sure that all cabinet drawers are left closed.
Set Up Proper Lighting
It is vital to make sure that the premises stay properly lit when people are on them or passing through. The owner should see to it that any poorly lit areas are free of obstructions and clutter, and that areas around light switches stay accessible and clear at all times. That last bit helps make sure that a person would be comfortably able to switch on the lights before entering a dark room.
Making Sure People Know To Watch Where They Are Going
As a property owner, you may come off as silly for trying this, but it still bears doing. Most slip and fall attorneys deal with cases which could have been avoided if only the plaintiff had been paying enough attention to their surroundings. A lot of things can distract people from the things surrounding them, including their phone, screaming kids, the latte they are trying to balance, and a ton of other things based on how far they normally dare to take their multitasking. The gist here is that you had better ask them to be careful if there is a need for that.