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How Can Business Owners Prevent Slips and Falls? 3 Tips from an Austin Injury Lawyer

By Luke Dow on March 29, 2016

Slips and falls can cause debilitating injuries that cost a veritable fortune to treat. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, these accidents account for 8 million emergency room visits in the United States each year.

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Business owners have a legal obligation to make sure their premises are safe for customers. If a proprietor knows or should have known about a hazard and does not take reasonable steps to fix it or warn customers, and that hazard causes an injury, then the business owner may be liable for damages.

If you were the victim of a slip and fall accident, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is a personal-injury attorney in Austin who can assess your case to determine if you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

If you own a business, read on to learn three ways that you can prevent slips and falls on your premises:

  1. Clean your property.
Most slip and fall accidents are preventable. According to the United States Department of Labor, these injuries can result from a multitude of hazards. In particular, retail stores are prone to spills and fallen items, and customers are not always eager to report them.

Business owners should have a consistent cleaning schedule to fix these issues. If you have employees, make sure they have access to the appropriate cleaning materials and that they know how to use them.

You should also make sure workers know how to identify potential problems. Mats, carpets and rugs with folds or bent corners can cause serious falls.

Make sure there is enough lighting for customers to see where they are going. Install railings to keep elderly and disabled patrons safe.

  1. Invest in appropriate flooring.
If your store has a tiled floor, then it must be compatible with most shoe soles. Also, do not install slippery tiles in areas that may get wet. Roughed and ridged tiles can help prevent falls, and they are compatible with most shoe designs. It is best to choose non-slip tiles.

Also, make sure your employees wear the appropriate shoes for their jobs. If they work in a wet or slippery environment, then their footwear should be slip-proof with exceptional grip.

  1. Perform regular maintenance.
All floors and walking surfaces will eventually succumb to wear and tear. It is important to maintain them.

Replace broken tiles, fix cracked pathways and fill any holes. When roughened tiles become smooth, they are just as hazardous as standard materials. You should replace them or recoat their surfaces. You could also install abrasive strips and mats.

If you were the victim of a slip and fall, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. As an Austin injury lawyer, Luke Dow can handle the legal side of your claim so you can focus on recovery. With a comprehensive understanding of Texas injury laws, he has the knowledge and resources to find success in court. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.





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