"Slip and fall" is a phrase that refers to personal injury claim in which an individual slips, falls and suffers injuries on another person's property. When business owners open their premises to the public, the likelihood of a slip and fall accident also arises. As such, property owners may face a slip and fall lawsuit from the injured party.
Smooth or worn-out step edges are notorious for causing majority of severe or even terminal slip and fall accidents. The majority of slip mishaps on steps happen when your foot slips at the front edge of the step. This is particularly the case when the front edge of the wood, concrete or metal step surface is worn-out and perimeter has become rounded. This article looks at how the installation of anti-slip stair nosing may help business owners prevent potential slip and fall accidents in their premises and ultimately prevent costly personal injury lawsuits from customers.
Liability in slip and fall cases
A business owner is legally liable for a customer's injuries if they fail to take the necessary measures so as to avert the possibility of slipping and falling. In other words:
- The property owner caused the dangerous condition
- The property owner was aware of the existing dangerous condition and inattentively failed to rectify it.
For property owners to prevent liability for slip and fall accidents that may occur in their premise, the installation of anti-slip stair nosing is one of the important safety measures.
Nowadays, buildings consist of steps made of ceramic, steel, wood, concrete and open grille. And to guarantee the safety of the people who are using these steps, the installation of a stair nosing is a welcomed anti-slip addition. Stair nosing or cover is a non-structural safety covering designed to be simply fitted over the leading edge of the stair treads. They provide a high traction point over the leading edge of the step which gives users added grip as they walk up and down the staircase.
Notably, the contrasting colour of anti-slip stair nosing clearly identifies the border of each stair tread, which alerts users to be careful with their step. This helps prevent over-stepping and fall mishaps.
The installation of stair nosing to your buildings steps will help better the lives of your employees and customers as well. Additionally, it will spare you from a potential slip and fall lawsuit. If you do face a lawsuit, contact a personal injury lawyer, such as Kemp Law.