The financial impact of a slip and fall accident can range from a minor inconvenience to a massive liability. It is critical to maintain adequate limits of liability insurance to be protected in case of a lawsuit. However, there are also some simple tips that you can use to reduce the chances of an accident and subsequent lawsuit.
Be proactive and use Mackoul’s Slip and Fall Prevention Tips to help prevent an accident on your property.
- Inspect the interior and exterior of your property on a regular basis. Maintain a daily log of when the inspection was done, who conducted the inspection and if any repairs were necessary. Document what action was taken to make the repairs.
- Floors should always be kept clean and in good condition. Look out for greasy floors, loose mats, torn carpeting, bad lighting, loose cables or wires and uneven floors as potential issues.
- Spills should be mopped up immediately and a warning sign should be posted during the clean-up.
- Provide training for employees in slip and fall safety and establish guidelines on how to report problems and respond to injuries or hazardous situations.
- Ensure that all entrance ways and aisles are clear of obstructions.
- During periods of inclement weather, all property entrances should have mats displayed to prevent slips. Make sure the mats are kept in good condition.
- Take care of your outdoor areas, including sidewalks and parking lots. Potholes, snow and ice create potential problems. If necessary, subcontract snow and ice removal to make sure it’s handled promptly.