Anyone who makes their way around on foot is at risk of slipping or falling over. Fortunately, most people manage to get by without this happening but many aren’t so lucky. Fall accidents account for millions of injuries every year in the United States.
Falling on a lower or flat surface is bad enough, but falling down a stairway places the injured party at further risk. Fortunately, there are a number of safety measures that can help to prevent falls down stairways, and the owners of premises have a responsibility to make sure such safety measures are implemented.
Guardrails and safety rails
A safety rail offers a person the chance to keep their balance. This can be very helpful as a person goes up or down the stairs, and it can also prevent a fall. If a person has something to grab onto as they lose balance or fall, then they can potentially regain their balance or at least break the fall somewhat. Stairways without adequate safety rails are asking for trouble in terms of potentially injuring those who use them.
Stairways are not a storage space
Boxes, tools or any other items should not be stored on or near stairways. For users to remain safe, they must have a clear path in front of them. Property management should take special care to ensure that stairways are cleared of any objects. Even the smallest of items can result in a person losing their balance and being subjected to a devastating fall.
The best form of lighting
At times, property owners like to experiment with different bulbs for atmospheric effects or to cut down on costs. Stairways are not the ideal place for such experiments. If there’s one place where a person needs to be able to see clearly in front of them, it’s the stairs. By installing appropriate lighting, the risk of a fall decreases significantly.
An accident on a stairway can lead to a person having to take time off of work to recover. If this is the case for you, your legal options might allow you to obtain compensation for your injuries.