When winter arrives in New England, we should all be on the lookout for ice and snow on the roads, sidewalks and properties. Especially if you own a business, keeping an eye out is simply not enough. You need a plan of action to remove all accumulation within a reasonable timeframe. Otherwise, the next patron who passes through may slip on a patch of ice out front – and you will likely be held responsible.
Each year, about 5,000 passengers on board a bus or other form of public transit suffer a slip and fall injury. Some might be related to the vehicle’s condition and others might stem from driver recklessness but in all cases, it’s imperative that you start your claim right away.
Oftentimes when we think about serious health conditions that affect the elderly, falls may not be at the top of the list. Yet, statistics show that one in three older Americans fall each year, making falls the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in people age 65 and older.
When workplaces consider slip and fall hazards this time of year, their strategy often factors in customers and clients. Where could someone slip, what injuries could happen and what’s the best way to reduce hazards? Keep in mind that your workers – including full-time, part-time, seasonal staff and contractors – can also be injured on your grounds.
During winter, the temperatures drop, snow accumulates and both sidewalks and parking lots become icy. These factors combined increase slip and fall risks, but when an injury happens in a parking lot, determining responsibility isn’t always clear.