The most worrisome aspect of slip-and-fall incidents is they can happen to virtually anyone at any time. Fortunately, people can frequently brush off such incidents and continue with their day. However, slip-and-fall incidents can result in serious injuries and even fatalities.
On occasion, slip-and-fall incidents can be purely accidental. However, there are also occasions where slip-and-falls incidents are preventable. As a result, it is worth considering some preventative measures to avoid such an incident. Outlined below are a few different ways to prevent slip-and-fall incidents.
Carry-out risk assessments
Often, it may be possible to spot a potential hazard before it has the chance to become dangerous. Loose cables, debris, poor lighting etc., can all be fixed, cleaned-up, or repaired before a space is open to a workforce or the public.
Address wet surfaces immediately
Wet and slippery surfaces are one of the leading causes of slip-and-fall incidents. Therefore, spills, leaks, and other causes of wet floor surfaces must be dealt with immediately. Additionally, in the fall, leaves from trees can present a unique danger. Piles of leaves can cover potholes and drains, meaning that pedestrians can be unaware of uneven surfaces. Furthermore, wet leaves can be extremely slippery, making it easy for a person to lose traction and fall.
Keep stairs, hallways, and walkways clear
Some of the most serious slip-and-fall injuries result from people falling near stairs or narrow hallways. Stairs are particularly dangerous because of the height and the fact that multiple impacts can occur. One way to reduce the likelihood of these types of incidents is to ensure items are not stored near stairways or in narrow hallways.
Cables running across walkways can also present a significant hazard as they can be difficult to notice. Therefore, running cables along areas where people walk should be avoided.
Taking preventative measures against slip-and-fall injuries can result in a safer environment. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall incident, contact Sutten Law Group at (505) 990-RICK (7425) to discuss the legal options available to you.