Have you ever suffered from a slip and fall injury? Are you one of the millions of people that are responsible for keeping their businesses secure and free of potential slip hazards?
As a business owner, one of your primary concerns should always be keeping employees and customers safe on your property.
Not only does reducing potential slip and fall hazards create a safer environment, but it can also help you avoid a slip and fall lawsuit as a business owner.
Generally, slip, trip and fall incidents are accidents you may become liable for. The best way to manage them is to prevent them in the first place. You should also consider investing in slip and fall insurance as a backup.
From a freshly cleaned floor to a slippery surface after a storm, here are some ways you can implement slip, trip and fall prevention before these costly accidents occur.
1. Warning signs should always be visible
In this case, the most common solution is one of the best. You should always have a sign available at your business to help denote when a floor is wet or has become slippery.
Whether it’s been cleaned recently, or customers are accidentally tracking rain in from outside, a highly visible sign will help identify a slippery floor as a tripping hazard. This will help prevent someone from getting injured at your business.
Having a warning sign on display can also be important to help you win a slip and fall lawsuit if your business is sued due to an injury.
2. Make Sure Walkways Are Well Lit
If people can’t see that a surface has become dangerous, they may never know to avoid it or to tread carefully.
3. Install a Security System
Installing a security system can help you avoid an unnecessary slip and fall lawsuit in more ways than one.
It can serve as evidence in the event that an accident occurs. As a business owner, you can also use a camera security system to monitor walkways and public spaces on your property.
You may become more aware of areas that need better lighting, or potential hazards you didn’t know existed.
4. Require Non-Slip Footwear for Employees
Depending on the kind of business you operate, you may want to consider requiring proper footwear for your employees.
If you realize that certain surfaces are more likely to become wet and slippery, requiring employees to wear shoes that provide better support and traction can help avoid an accident before it happens.
Requiring footwear is especially common in the restaurant industry, where spills are fairly common and slips can become disastrous.
5. Schedule Regular Inspections
You should schedule regular inspections of your business property to make sure the building and surrounding areas are safe for the public.
Having a professional examine your business and look for areas that may be more dangerous may help you identify hazards you weren’t otherwise aware of, including uneven walkways, cracks in the flooring, and wet surfaces.
Always keep thinking ahead about office hazards to prevent. If an accident does occur, protect both your business and the people who visit your property.
It’s important to seek the best legal representation you can find. You can read more here. Hipskind & McAninch, LLC is here to help. Contact them today.