It takes only a mote: a liquid drop, a dash of sand or a tiny bit of cardboard. These things are considered insignificant in creating possible slipping, tripping and falling mishaps. According to the statistics from the Labor Bureau, approximately 602,000 American workers suffered injuries due to falls annually that averages a loss from seven to nine working days as a result of the incident.
Zurich Services Corporation of Schaumburg, IL conducted a study that identified and assessed for various risk factors that included slip-and-fall accidents. The ten of the most commonly associated risk factors for slips and falls are as follows:
1. The type of flooring surface and its slip resistance if dried and properly cleaned;
2. Presence of substances as ice, grease, or water on the surface;
3. Condition of the surface if elevated or recessed edges, loose carpet, soiled and overall cleanliness of the floor;
4. Changes of surface as walking from a carpeted floor to another surface as a tile floor;
5. Level changes like unexpected slopes or raises of three steps or less;
6. Obstructions left on walking areas as extension cords, hoses, and other foreign items;
7. Poor visibility due to poor lighting including glare from bright lights, shadows or color contrasts;
8. Different individual physical capabilities & physical challenges, shoe types, and familiarity with a walk area;
9. Types of stairs that caused fall of more than three steps resulting in the most serious injuries.
10. Using the conventional methods of floor mopping that spread soils over floors and creates a slippery situation and changes in the floor’s surface condition.
All throughout Philadelphia and beyond are department stores, supermarkets and other retail outlets plus large outside parking lots and open spaces with surfaces that are potentials for slip-and-fall injuries. Sometimes safety becomes even more confusing due to the co-mingling of pedestrians and cars. When these areas are not properly maintained or monitored, they become significant potential for serious injury. Added concerns are aisles, displays, elevators and escalators that can pose danger within the premises.
Watch out for spills especially that top the dangers. When liquid is left to accumulate on the improper surfaces or an incorrect paint has been applied, it can become like ice. Spills found along an aisle need to be blocked off using hazard cones. Aside from these measures, all areas must be regularly patrolled to ensure safety.
If they are left unattended, people can suffer significant injuries and would cause the owner of the facility thousands ot even millions of punitive damages.
If you have been the victim of a slip and fall, don’t delay in contacting us. It is crucial to get this type of claim started in a timely manner, because evidence can often disappear or be covered up in the aftermath of a slip and fall. Contact your slip and fall attorneys and he/she will want to get started right away in order to collect evidence and interview witnesses before they begin to forget. In addition, there are also strict deadlines for filing a slip and fall claim no matter where you live.
Source: Reliable Plant Com