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How wet floor injuries occur and what can be done

Even when we are careful and responsible individuals, accidents can happen even when we least expect it. Often these accidents also occur through no fault of our own. This is especially true when it comes to slippery, hazardous or wet floors on public properties.

All properties that are open to clients or visitors need to be reasonably safe and must adhere to safety guidelines. The following are some of the ways that wet floor accidents can occur due to the negligence of the property owner.

Wet floors with a hazard sign

When a wet floor exists either from a spillage or from floor cleaning, those responsible for the property must ensure that it is clearly marked with a wet floor sign in bright colors, and that the hazardous part of the walkway is blocked. If the sign is not easily visible or does not exist, the property owner is likely to be liable for negligence, since it can easily cause an accident.

Uneven ground or hazardous objects

If objects are in the way of walkable areas, or there is uneven ground either inside a building or on the outside entrance, these should also be very clearly marked to prevent a possible injury. It is very common for hangers to be left on the floors of clothes stores, for example. If the sales assistants do not pick them up, they can result in an injury.

If you have had a slip-and-fall accident at a store or mall, it is important to take action so that you can possible recoup medical costs and damages.

Source: A1 Janitorial, "Slippery When Wet – Avoid the Hazards of Wet Floors," accessed Jan. 12, 2018

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