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.
Let’s say you rent an apartment in a large complex and one morning, you’re using a public walkway when you slip on an uneven, wet surface. In the aftermath, should your landlord have noticed the issue and took action?
You’re visiting a neighbor or friend’s house, perhaps helping with repairs or watching the big football game. At some point during the day, you trip over a rug, fall down stairs or slip on a wet patch on the deck. Not only are you a bit sore from the fall, but your injuries send you to the hospital. The homeowner apologizes profusely and says it was just an accident. However, you’re now faced with medical bills for the visit and possibly long-term care too.
New Pig, a supplier of leak, drip and spill containment products, recently conducted a survey of floor safety professionals. Across multiple industries, organizational readiness for common slip, trip and fall hazards were addressed. The “Walk Zone Safety Report” measured how aware organizations are of these issues and their strategies to improve facility safety for employees and customers. Across 369 businesses, New Pig spoke with maintenance, safety, health, risk and facility management professionals in manufacturing and public-facing entities.
In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its workplace safety guidelines, making a series of changes addressing slip and fall accidents, a common cause of workplace injuries. Presented at the 2016 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Anaheim, CA, the document is particularly geared toward those in small- and medium-sized businesses and delineates a structure for tackling various safety and health issues in a range of workplaces.