Any Los Angeles personal injury attorney worth their salt will spend a good percentage of their time dealing with slip and fall injury claims. In most cases they might be seen as simple mishaps but they can result in serious injuries such as sprained ankles, bruising, or broken bones. However it might be worth knowing that according to the National Safety Council, there are over 15,000 fatalities every year in the States and this figure is on the rise. The crux of the matter is that the majority of these fatalities were through accidents that could have been prevented. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are some steps businesses should take to protect their customers and employees from slip and fall injuries.
How can a business avoid slip and fall accidents?
Businesses that have high foot traffic such as grocery stores, hardware stores or shopping malls are more likely to cause slip and fall injuries in which a Los Angeles personal injury attorney would pursue a claim. In order to prevent these accidents from happening, the business owner needs to be particularly vigilant.
Daily floor walks
By completing a series of daily floor walks a manager or designated individual should be able to spot potential hazards and take the necessary actions to remove them. It may well be that in the case of a grocery or hardware store for instance, some of the goods might not be stacked properly and might be protruding into the walkway, resulting in a tripping hazard. It may also be that there is an item that has been spilt over the floor and has not been cleared up, that again could be the cause of such an accident
Steps, ladders and escalators
Faulty climbing aids such as steps, ladders and escalators are something that can cause serious injuries to both employees as well as customers. Has the handrail been fitted to the stairs correctly or was it lose? Did the sole of a person’s shoe get stuck in the escalator due to the gap between the comb plate and the moving stair being too large? Did an employee fall from a ladder due to a faulty step? All of these questions will be asked by an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney. To avoid this, make sure that all equipment is regularly inspected and any faulty equipment gets placed “out of order” and dealt with as a matter of urgency.
Wet floors are a real problem and over seventy percent of slip and fall accidents are attributed to wet or slippery floors. It is important to put out “wet floor” signs at the first sight of a problem and, if need be, cordon the offending area off to the public. Even if you do have the relevant signs out and a passerby doesn’t see the sign and slips, then the business owner may still be held accountable for their actions. This is something that Los Angeles personal injury attorneys will be looking into as the warning sign may well have not been in a prominent place. So to get around these problems any cleaning of floors where applicable should be done after business hours. If you are a customer of a store and you see something spilled on the floor, then report it to a member of staff.
According to the National Safety Council the majority of slip and fall accidents happen at ground or floor level and uneven floors or pavements are a contributing factor. Again, by doing daily floor walk checks and by being vigilant, this should prevent accidents from happening. Safety inspectors constantly check business premises for anything that is likely to cause an accident and can impose a hefty fine on the business owners if anything is found that compromises safety. So, if you are a business owner and you notice any uneven or cracked flooring then get it repaired as a matter of urgency.
All of the above steps can help a business owner from causing slip and fall injury claims. It just pays to be vigilant and protect your customers. If you feel that you are the victim of a slip and fall injury within the state of California them you might want to speak to a Los Angeles personal injury attorney who is well versed in dealing with such a claim. Call us at 1-888-204-1014.