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How supermarket owners are keeping safety risks in check

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.

Pools may pose dangers to small children

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.

Parking lot safety tips for premises owners

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.

Hotel owners, bedbug prevention and premises liability

Most states do not have laws requiring hotel owners to maintain a bedbug-free environment. New York laws only address the issue of bedbugs in public schools. However, hotel owners still have a duty of care to their tenants, and keeping bedbugs out is implicit in that duty. This duty of care is crucial to the concept of premises liability. Therefore, hotel owners who wish to avoid premises liability claims will want to know what the duty encompasses.

Skateboarding injuries and liability

New York residents should know that skateboarding, being an inherently unsafe activity, is regulated by both state and local ordinances. They usually go under traffic laws but can also be included under health and safety codes, and they will likely be similar to those laws governing bicyclists and pedestrians.

Trampoline parks see more severe injuries than home trampolines

According to the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission, an estimated 100,000 emergency department visits in 2014 were the result of trampoline injuries. Since then, recreational trampoline parks and jump parks have risen in popularity, and these may be contributing to an increase in injuries. New York residents should know that, contrary to what park promoters say, the relative safety of these parks has not been adequately gauged yet.

Dodger Stadium assault victim files suit, mediation scheduled

A judge has referred to mediation a lawsuit regarding an assault that occurred right after a 2015 game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. The plaintiff claims that he was assaulted at Dodger Stadium back and that his injuries could have partly been prevented had the area just outside the stadium gates been more well-lit and secure. In 2017, he filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Dodgers as well as two individuals, a 52-year-old woman and her son.

Ankle injuries common after a slip and fall accident

Slip-and-fall accidents are all too common in New York as elsewhere in the U.S. In these accidents, some of the most frequently cited injuries are ankle injuries. Injuries can be incurred to the bones, ligaments, tendons or synovium, which lines the joint encompassing the three bones of the ankle. The following is an overview of the different types of ankle injuries.

Investigation launched after fall kills Coachella lead rigger

Music fans in New York and around the country may be saddened to learn that a stagehand lost his life on the morning of April 6 while setting up a stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The stagehand fell 60 feet to his death while climbing scaffolding on one of the festival's many sound stages. A representative from the Indio Police Department said that he was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Airports may require tenants to have liability insurance

For some New York small airports, premises liability coverage can be an important consideration. Property owners and even tenants can be held liable for injuries or other damages that occur as a result of negligence. Most companies doing business on airport property may be required to maintain such insurance as part of their contracts with the airport itself. In general, these contracts, part of the rental or purchase agreement with the airport, require tenants to carry liability insurance to cover costs that arise out of their own negligence.

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