Slip or trip injuries in hotel restaurants can be the result of a variety of different hazards. Here are some of the most common trip and slip hazards likely to cause personal injuries in this type of environment.
Slip injuries are usually the result of insufficient traction/friction between walking surfaces and footwear. The most common slip hazards in hotel restaurants are:
- Wet, oily or otherwise greasy surfaces
- Weather hazards (excessive amounts of water; ice and/or snow)
- Loose mats or rugs
- Varying degrees of traction between adjoining areas of flooring/walking surfaces
Stepping from a carpet or other surface featuring a high degree of traction onto a smooth, polished floor, for example, could easily result in a slip injury.
Injuries by tripping
Trip injuries occur when colliding with an obstacle causes someone to lose their balance and fall. Common trip hazards include:
- Poor lighting or obstructed views
- Cluttered paths and passages
- Wrinkled or loose carpeting
- Uneven walking surfaces (thresholds; steps, bumps or holes)
- Uncovered, poorly positioned wiring/cables
Occasionally, open bottom drawers may also cause people to be injured by tripping.
Owners and/or managers of hotel restaurants have the legal duty to prevent personal injuries to customers and, of course, employees by ensuring slip and trip hazards are identified and promptly dealt with either by removing them or by marking them clearly in cases where immediate removal is not possible. Should someone be injured by tripping or slipping because this duty was neglected, the injured party may be entitled to claim for slip or trip injury compensation.
Making a public liability claim
To start a claim for compensation, it must first of all be confirmed that the injury was the result of another person or organisation’s mistake or negligence, and that the injury was sustained within the past 36 months. This done, it is necessary to find a suitable compensation lawyer, a process made easy by Accident Advice Helpline.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice