Winter in New York calls for added cautions

With winter quickly approaching, the risk of slipping and falling while at work or shopping increases. Business owners should take precautionary steps to help prevent the likelihood of people being injured while on their premises, and customers should be on the lookout for hazards that may be caused by the build-up of snow and ice.

One problem occurs when holes and cracks appear in parking lots and walkways caused by expanding ice. Business owners should inspect their properties to spot any such hazards and fix them. If there are leaks, they should repair them and place visible signs near the leaking area clearly warning people about the risk of slipping and falling.

Customers walking into stores often track snow and ice in with them on their shoes. This can quickly become hazardous because the snow and ice will melt, bringing with it a danger of slipping and falling. Business owners should place absorbent rugs at entryways so customers can wipe off their feet as they enter. If ice is present on walkways that are owned by the businesses, the businesses should make certain to clear it away. They might want to opt for a product that clears ice while also providing traction. While salt works, it may initially cause the surface to become more slippery because of the melting water.

Slipping and falling can cause serious injuries, and business owners owe their customers a duty of care. When a shopper is injured due to a wet floor or other hazardous condition that the owner failed to correct, an attorney who has experience in premises liability litigation could assist the victim in seeking appropriate compensation.

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