Slip, Trip, and Fall Liability

It is crucial as a homeowner and businessowner to create safe environments to eliminate the risk of slip and fall accidents. Slip, trip, and fall injuries are one of the most common injuries. During the winter season, the risk of slip and falls increase due to snow and ice.

What creates a slip and fall hazard? A slip occurs when there is not enough friction between the sole of your shoe and the ground. It is essential as a homeowner that you shovel and salt your driveway, sidewalks, and front steps for others to walk on safely. If you neglect your duty as a homeowner to maintain these walkways it can result in liability claim. As a businessowner, if you fail to keep your work environment safe for workers and customers this could also result in a lawsuit or worker’s compensation claim.

What is the difference between a slip and a trip? A trip is when an individual may have caught an object while walking causing them to fall. This could be an extension cord that an employee hits and trips creating an injury. Another example could be a neglected front step where the concrete is uneven and creates a tripping hazard.

According to the National Safety Council in 2020, slip, trip and fall injuries were the third most common injuries resulting in an ER visit. These accidents can be easily prevented with attention to safety and surroundings. To prevent slip and fall claims as a business-owner, contact The Service Agency for a risk management – slip, trip and fall prevention guide to implement in the workplace.

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