Be Safer This Winter With These Safety Tips To Prevent Falls
October 20, 2015
As winter approaches, you’re more likely to get hurt falling or slipping on ice than in any other time of the year. To avoid slips and falls, you’ll need to be vigilant; not being cautious could result in your suffering a major injury and missing time from work. Sometimes, falls will be unavoidable, especially if a homeowner or business owner ignored a prospective fall hazard. In that case, you may be able to work with your attorney to find a way to receive compensation.
How can you avoid falls? Make sure you’re deliberate about where you’re walking. Know that black ice can form, and this may not be treated with salt or other melting methods yet. If you’re carrying items, make sure you use a backpack or find a way to keep your hands free. That way, you can catch yourself if you do slip or can use your arms to balance.
Remember to be careful when you exit your vehicle. Sidewalks and edgings could be slick or cause you to trip. Finally, know that when you walk into a building, the floors could be wet. This is particularly true when there have been people walking in and out, dragging in the snow, rain, and ice.
Many fall hazards can be eliminated; business owners should be removing snow and ice patches from their sidewalks and business entryways. Entries where water could be a problem should have grating or carpeting to eliminate that risk. If you’re hurt, it could be the negligence of the property owner’s fault, which is why you could make a claim. Our website has more information about how you can file a claim with the right person.