There are a few things that every business owner or property owner should do to help prevent slip and fall injuries. This is not only important for preventing yourself and visitors to your property from getting hurt, it is also important for avoiding liability in lawsuits.
First, business owners should keep their premises clean. Indeed, workplaces, shops and store locations are safer when they are well-organized and clean. Less trip and fall accidents tend to happen in areas where there are not pieces of equipment and other items dangerously lying around where someone could trip on them.
Second, always try to reduce instances of wet and slippery surfaces. As soon as a floor that is expected to be dry is made wet, it could create a dangerously slippery surface exactly where walkers do not expect there to be one. By keeping sidewalks, parking lots shower stalls, bathrooms and other floors free of slipperiness and wetness, business and property owners can do a lot to prevent an accidental slipping incident.
Third, make sure that any walkways are free of obstacles that could trip people. Clutter and other materials like piled up boxes, unused machinery or just general items that are not being used can create a fire hazard by blocking exits. They can also create trip and fall risks. Always do your best to keep clutter out of any public areas and you will do a lot to prevent accidents.
Fourth, keep all public areas well lit. When individuals can see where they are going, they are more likely to avoid obstacles and navigate stairways successfully.
Every business owner, property owner and property manager in Michigan has a legal responsibility to keep to keep their locations safe for visitors. If you were visiting a property and suffered injury from a slip and fall accident, you may want to investigate the chances of pursuing a liability claim for financial restitution relating to your injuries.
Source: Reliable Plant, “6 guidelines to prevent workplace slips, trips and falls,” W.W. Grainger, accessed Aug. 17, 2015