With winter around the corner, you can be sure that we will see more rain, ice and even snow. Winter also means that there is a greater chance of slip and fall accidents. If you are a business owner or work in a business that has a lot of foot traffic, there are things that you will want to do so that you can prevent slip and falls cases from occurring. Most of these simple steps are pretty obvious yet go unattended or unnoticed most of the time. A little extra care can save you and your company a lot of money.
This step is as easy as taking a mop to the tile every couple of hours and putting up a wet floor sign. Keeping your place of business clean and organized is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidents occurring. Also, if you have rugs or carpet in your business, make sure that they are always laying flat so that someone who has their eyes on something else will not trip and fall.
Keep Things Dry
As stated above, with the weather changing there will be a lot of water tracked in. When customers walk into your store after being in the rain or snow, they are more concerned about drying off their hair and clothes than watching where they are walking. If the entrance is slippery and your guests are not warned they can end up on the floor faster than you can say “lawsuit”.
Get Rid Of Ice
Although it may not happen in Atlanta very often, snow and freezing rain do happen. Business owners are required to provide safe passage from their car to the front door. Laying down ice melt is super easy and not all that expensive. You can even hire a snow removal company to remove the snow and put down ice melt. Yes, it may track into your store, but is it worth a lawsuit? Take the time to provide a safe experience to your store.
A light bulb isn’t all that expensive. When a light goes out, make it a best practice at your store to replace the bulb right away. If a guest cannot see where he/she is going, it has the potential to be disastrous. Even if a light bulb costs you 10 dollars, it is cheaper than the court fees and penalties that you will end up paying.
If you find yourself being injured after a slip and fall at a business, call the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice today.