The owners of commercial facilities in New York may want to review what they have done to address the risk of slips, trips and falls on the property. Slips, trips and falls are the number one cause of workers' compensation claims with falls from the same level being the second most expensive workplace injury in general. These types of injuries also account for the most days taken off work.
Grocery store owners in New York are aware of the various dangers their property can pose to customers. Slip and trip hazards like liquids, food and even coupons on the floor are a great concern for many owners, so it is standard that owners regularly change out slip-resistant mats, ensure the right floor treatments and have employees mop up floors immediately after spills.
Accidental injuries can drastically change the course of your life. Although many injuries have relatively simple treatments available, others can have more lasting effects. A broken bone, for example, can be set and begin to heal within hours of the trauma. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), on the other hand, continue to impact someone for the rest of their life, despite skilled medical care.
Drowning is the top cause of unintentional death for children who are four-years-old or younger. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 363 children under 15 died annually because of drowning in a pool or spa between 2014 and 2016. Roughly 75% of those deaths were children who were younger than five-years-old. The CPSC says that June is the month when drownings or other submersion events are most likely to happen.
Accidents that take place in parking lots in New York and around the country claim about 500 lives and injure more than 50,000 people each year according to the National Safety Council. This is a major concern for premises owners because they may be held legally responsible for preventable accidents that take place in parking lots and on sidewalks adjacent to their buildings. Property owners owe their workers and visitors a duty of care, and they can protect themselves against premises liability lawsuits by doing all that they reasonably can to see that this duty is met.