Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest shopping street and it’s no surprise, with vast chain stores and luxury independent shops stocking almost every product you could ever imagine. The draw of Oxford Street is easy to see, but the sheer volume of people, coupled with busy London traffic, can make it a dangerous place and there is a high risk of slips, trips and falls both inside and outside the shops.
Safety in the shops: preventing public place accidents
Shopping can be great fun, but it can also be stressful especially if you’re in a hurry or there are long queues. If Oxford Street is busy, the risk of an accident is high, as there are large numbers of people and many hazards to take into consideration, from slipping on wet floors or taking a tumble over a hidden step, to tripping on a piece of clothing or a shoe, which has been dropped on the floor. In order to prevent public place slips, trips and falls, shop workers should take the necessary action to ensure that major hazards are identified and addressed; this may involve clearing up spillages, clearing doorways and ensuring that the aisles are free from obstructions.
Crossing the road safely: preventing road accidents
There are crossings to allow people to cross safely from Regent Street onto Oxford Street; however, if you observe the crowds of shoppers on a Saturday afternoon, you will notice that many simply pile across the road, with little regard for the traffic. If you are crossing the road, it is always advisable to use pedestrian crossings and to wait for the green man signal to confirm that it is safe to cross; even if the green man does appear, it is still important to look both ways before walking across.
When you are walking on a busy street, take care to look around you and watch where you are going; crowds of people can obscure steps and changes in the level of the ground and if you’re not paying attention, you may bump into others or trip.
What is slip and trip compensation and how can I find out more?
Slip and trip compensation is designed to compensate people who have slipped in a public place and sustained injuries; compensation is not simply handed out to anyone who has an accident in a public place, but targeted at those who suffer illness or injury through no fault of their own. If you have suffered a fall in a public place and you believe that you were not to blame, contact the expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown