Common slip-and-fall hazards in public spaces

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2022 | Premises Liability

When we’re out in public, some of the responsibility for personal safety falls on our own shoulders. However, there is also a duty for the owners and managers of public spaces to protect visitors.

One of the most prominent types of accidents in public buildings, such as malls, grocery stores and libraries, is slip-and-fall accidents. Sometimes, such incidents are not preventable but often they are the result of negligence on the part of those responsible for overseeing the safety of the premises.

It is important to recognize some of the more common causes of slip-and-fall accidents in public spaces and seek solutions to the problem from there.

Inadequate lighting

Dim lights may create an ambient atmosphere in bars, clubs and restaurants, but this should not come at the cost of safety, and there are certain locations where dim lighting is simply not appropriate. People must be able to see where they are going, especially in the presence of steep stairways containing high volumes of people.

Lack of signage

Public buildings may implement rigid cleaning policies for the purposes of lifting customer experiences and improving safety. But such measures are counterproductive if the appropriate safety measures are not also taken. A newly cleaned floor becomes a hazard in itself if it remains wet while people walk across. Consumers should be alerted of potential hazards with adequate signage. If possible, freshly cleaned areas should be completely closed off until they are safe to use.

When out in public, the owners and managers of public spaces owe you a duty of care. If you have been injured as a result of negligence, make sure you explore your legal options.