Whenever you’re in a public place (or even a workplace), you have to be on the lookout for slip and fall hazards.
People are hurt or severely injured every year by falling on hard surfaces. For many people, a hard fall can be devastating, painful, and may even result in permanent injuries.
Hazard #1: Stairs
If you’re in a public area, any stairway you’re on should have some sort of traction-enhancing surface attached to it as well as railing. While some people don’t have this in their homes, they should know whether or not the stairs are wet and should be able to warn people against the possible hazard of falling. In a public place, the situation is completely different. Not only is there the possibility that the stairs are wet or otherwise slippery, the stairways will generally be much longer and, thus, pose a much greater risk of serious injury or even death.
Hazard #2: Doorways
The area around the entryway on any public building is always something that you want to watch out for. You don’t know what people may have tracked in with them to make the area slippery, and therefore dangerous.
There are usually mats or rugs to prevent such falls, however, those mats and rugs often become bunched up and can pose a hazard in and of themselves. Check these areas when you’re entering a building, particularly during rain storms when condensation and water are likely hazards.
Hazard #3: Swimming Pools
Always be careful around swimming pools. Even smooth surfaces far away from the swimming pool can be a hazard. Oftentimes, there is water in these areas that can cause you to fall, and the surfaces tend to be quite hard. People are generally aware of the risks of slippery concrete around swimming pools, however, it’s always advisable to slow down and be mindful of your surroundings.
If you injure yourself in a slip and fall incident, contact a personal injury law firm to see about filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for your damages. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you pursue whoever is responsible for maintaining the surface and to make sure that you don’t end up having to face all of the expenses related to your accident on your own.