The Perazzo Law Firm shares insight for dealing with and preventing trip and fall accidents in public places
Accidents involving cables left unattended to along the walking surfaces of places like Publix, Walmart, or any other business that regularly waxes their floors or carries out other maintenance tasks, can lead to personal injuries, and should be followed up with a call to Jonathan Perazzo of the Perazzo Law Firm in Miami.
When a customer enters a Publix or a diner enters a restaurant, walking surfaces need to be clear of obstacles and free of any possible substances that may lead to a slip and fall accident. When a maintenance worker or store employee carries out tasks such as waxing floors in a supermarket aisle, this person has the duty of implementing the proper safety precautions to avoid that a customer or visitor trips over a power cable or any other object that may obstruct the walking area.
Obstacles which can lead to a slip, trip and fall accident include the following:
- BROOM & MOPS – broom and mop handles can easily cause a trip and fall accident when left unattended to and stretched across a walking surface. They can easily go undetected and get stepped on, becoming a rolling pin under one’s feet..
- CARPETS & RUGS – most often cause trip and fall accidents when they have rips in them or there are areas of the carpet or rug that rise above the height of the walking surface.
- CHAIRS & TABLE LEGS -most people don’t realize it, but chair and table legs present dangers when they are not properly manufactured and extend into the walking path of pedestrians. Chair and table legs might stick out just enough for a person to trip and fall.
- DUST PANS – dust pans are very often left behind by cleaning crews and staff. They are very slippery and can lead to a serious slip, trip, and fall accident.
- ELEVATED / LOOSE FLOOR TILES – floor tiles, especially after flooding or through wear and tear, can rise above the height of the walking surface and cause someone to trip and fall.
- EXTENSION CORDS / POWER CABLES – electric maintenance equipment requires plugs and extension cords to operate and many times, the maintenance staff will forget to block off access to the area. When this happens, a customer may easily trip and fall, thus suffering personal injury.
- FLOORMATS – they can be slippery or sometimes be soiled with a slippery substance that might stick to the bottom of a person’s footwear. Though it might not be the very same person that steps and falls on this dangerous substance (liquid, grease, wax, etc.), another visitor may step and tread this potentially slippery substance along the walking surface.
- PERIMETER CHAINS / ROPES – when customers, shoppers, or visitors are warned to stay away or not enter from a particular place, chains (plastic) or ropes are extended across a certain area. Sometimes they are left behind or hang down low enough to not be seen by a customer or visitor.
- WIRES- wires contain electricity and can sometimes lead to electrocution if the wiring is worn and torn. Not only is wiring dangerous due to an electrical charge that comes into contact with someone, they can also cause a trip and fall accident.
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