Traipsing round the local DIY store is one of those tasks that you think could be done on autopilot. Just go in, grab what you need, pay and go out. Simple, right? Well, compared to a lot of things, yes. However, that doesn’t mean there are NOT numerous threats to your safety in public as you wander down the aisles.
What are the main causes of slips, trips and falls at DIY stores?
Here are five potential threats to public safety that can be found in most DIY stores. The list is by no means exhaustive so it’s important to always be vigilant.
- Spillages and puddles
Whether it’s an accident in the liquids aisle or residual water brought in by the soles on the shoes of customers, it doesn’t take much for a small puddle or spillage to form and cause an embarrassing and painful public slip.
- Stray tools
Let’s be honest, most of us are not exactly brilliant at putting things we don’t want back exactly where we found them when shopping. In a DIY store, this can result in dangerous obstacles being left in the aisles, just waiting to cause a nasty fall in public.
- Trailing wires
Whether it’s another case of a customer not packing something away again properly after examining a product or a member of staff not paying due care and attention whilst they work, wires trailing across aisles are a serious danger to public safety as tripping over them can happen all too easily.
- Uneven flooring
Most modern stores have smooth, laminate surfaces. However, there are still some around that boast the rugged, rough and ready approach of old, particularly on steps or ramps leading up to the exits. These ought to be negotiated with care so keep your wits about you and don’t overload your basket or trolley.
- Stairs and escalators
The bigger stores often comprise more than one floor. Traversing from one section to another, particularly with a basket or trolley full of heavy products, can be precarious and the possibility of a painful trip or fall is relatively high.
If you are injured in a shop, you may be due some public injury compensation. Our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline are experienced in such matters and can guide you through the process every step of the way on a no-win, no-fee basis. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.