Slip and fall accidents can occur when business owners or property managers fail to maintain safe conditions on their premises. Sometimes all it takes is a small spill, an unseen object in a walking path, or a broken step, and a person could fall and suffer severe injuries.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm have years of experience helping injured victims get their lives back to normal, but for this blog, we’re going to focus on what business owners can do to reduce the possibility of a slip and fall accident.
- Arrange items or displays to allow plenty of room to walk
Remove items that congest aisles, rooms, and entrances and exits.
- Be sure that carpets are secured to the floor and stairs
Use non-slip rugs, or attach rugs to the floor as securely as possible, especially on staircases.
- Put non-slip strips on stairs indoors and out
You can get non-slip strips at any home center or hardware store inexpensively.
- Avoid wet floors and clean up spills right away
If a liquid item breaks in your business, make sure the mess is cleaned up right away, and that the area is clean and dry before allowing visitors back in that area.
- During the winter, ask someone to spread sand or salt on icy surfaces
Be sure they wear boots with good traction if they go out when it snows. Do whatever possible to ensure safe access to your business.
- Poor lighting, inside and out, can increase your risk of falls
Make sure you have enough lighting in each room, at entrances, and on outdoor walkways. Use light bulbs that have the highest wattage recommended for the fixture.
We hope these tips can help you reduce the chances of a slip and fall accident at your business. If you or someone you know was hurt through the negligence of another business owner, you can speak with the Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm anytime.