Whether you are on your way to the store or plan to visit a friend in an apartment complex, there is always a small degree of risk associated with entering a building.
The potential to slip or trip and fall is always there, but there are certain places within a building where the risk is higher. Understanding when you have more risk can help you stay safe and avoid a preventable injury.
Entranceways are a major source of risk
When someone comes into a building, they may brush the dirt off their shoes or shake precipitation off their clothing. Those acts can make entranceways so dangerous.
The accumulation of fluid or dirt can lead to people slipping and falling. Even trying to get dirt or moisture off of shoes could rumple a rug and lead to a trip-and-fall accident.
Stairways are a known hazard
Going up or down stairs drastically increases the risk of falling. You have to repeatedly shift your center of gravity, so the risk is always there for you to lose your balance.
Additionally, both visitors and property owners can contribute to risk. Dropped trash, wet floors or poorly maintained spaces can all lead to someone getting hurt. Burned-out light bulbs, loose handrails and even dirty floors could mean someone winds up at the bottom of the stairs with an injury.
Areas with lots of equipment often have dangerous floors
Whether it is a bank of freezers at the center of a grocery store or vending machines at the back of a common room in an apartment building, equipment in open spaces can lead to slip-and-fall risks. Both high traffic in and out of the area and the power supply cords for the equipment can increase the risk of someone slipping, tripping and/or falling.
Property owners should address known safety risks, including entranceway floors, unsecured power cords and dark stairwells. If they fail to do so, they might find themselves facing a premises liability claim brought by an injured visitor after they fall.