How to Avoid Trips and Falls at Your Residence or Business

One of the number-one causes for emergency department admittance is falls.  Middle-aged and elderly person are even more impacted.   There are many things employers and homeowners can do to prevent accidents from happening.

Here are a few tips on how to avoid slips and trips at the workplace:

·         Keep all walkways and alleys free of clutter and debris

·         Ensure all work areas are well lit and frequently replacing old light bulbs

·         Secure rugs, carpets, and any other flooring so they lay flat

·         Properly train employees on procedures to deal with trips, slips, and falls

·         Ensure proper signage is posted when floors are wet or slippery

·         Minimize environmental hazards like wind, snow, rain, and ice

·         Ensure all surfaces are free of obstructions, depressions, or holes

·         Ensure all ramps and stairs are equipped with handrails

·         Routinely clean the floors with safe solutions, and clean up any spillages immediately

·         Cover any cables, cords, or wires that cross over areas with high foot traffic

·         Enforce the use of proper personal protective equipment (PPE), like sturdy boots, gloves, and a helmet

What Can I Do to Avoid Trips and Falls at Someone’s Home or Business?

·   Make wide turns when walking around corners

·  Take your time; do not run

·   Ensure your vision is never obstructed by something you are carrying

Alert the homeowner or your employer of any slippery surfaces or other hazards

Who is Responsible for Your Injury?

It is the responsibility of homeowners and employers to ensure the areas they control are reasonably safe. If you have been injured at someone’s home or at work and the homeowner or your employer is unwilling to take responsibility, you can take legal action.

What are the Physical Consequences of a Trip and Fall at a Place of Resident or at the Workplace?

Injuries caused by slips and trips vary greatly, and can range from a harmless bruised knee to a broken back causing immense pain and suffering. Occasionally, a seemingly innocuous injury can produce major damaging effects down the line. A severe injury can put you out of work for months, sometimes years. If your injuries are significant, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits.

At MacGillivray Law, we know how tough life can get after a serious injury at work or at someone’s residence. We are dedicated to helping injured Atlantic Canadians, and have medical specialists to ensure your injuries are properly assessed. As lawyers, we work hard to analyze your accident and build a strong case. Our fees are on contingency, which means we do not take a fee until we secure compensation for you. Get in touch with the professionals at MacGillivray Law today to learn more about our services.

If you are a resident of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and have experienced a personal injury, below are references to each province’s Occupier’s Liability Act, respectively.

New Brunswick: https://www.canlii.org/en/nb/laws/stat/rsnb-2011-c-184/latest/rsnb-2011-c-184.html

Prince Edward Island: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/legislation/occupiers-liability-act

Newfoundland: http://nslegislature.ca/legc/statutes/occupier.htm

 

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