Anyone who goes into a business establishment is likely to assume that the flooring is going to be safe. You probably don’t think that you have to watch out for trip or slip hazards like wet floors, uneven floors or obstacles on the floor. There are some instances in which the floor might seem safe, but it isn’t. Since businesses have a duty to keep all areas safe for people coming in, they should make sure that the floor is safe.
What causes a slip or trip?
When your feet lose traction with the floor, a slip might occur. A trip is likely to occur if your foot comes into contact with an unexpected object while you are walking.
What hazards and obstacles might lead to a slip or trip?
Loose flooring, unsecured carpets or mats, uneven floors, freshly polished floors, just waxed floors, greasy floors, wet floors and dry floors covered in powdery substances or dusty substances can all cause a slip or trip. In some cases, cords strung across the floor, slippery surfaces lacking non-slip strips, clutter, or weather hazards like snow can also lead to slip or trip accidents.
How can companies prevent these hazards and obstacles?
Proper maintenance, good housekeeping practices and appropriate signage can all help to prevent slip and trip accidents. Installing proper lighting, using anti-skid strips, and keeping the floors free of clutter can also help.
If you fall or slip because of a hazard or obstacle on the floor and are injured, you might opt to seek compensation. Learning about how to prove negligence might help you in your quest to secure compensation.
Source: Reliable Plant, “6 guidelines to prevent workplace slips, trips and falls,” W. W. Grainger, accessed Aug. 01, 2015