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    How to safely dispose of smashed glass


    Pieces of glass smashed on the floor can cause all sorts of potentially nasty injuries. It is, therefore, essential to safely dispose of smashed glass quickly and effectively. Here is how.

    How to safely dispose of smashed glass

    Make sure children, pets and other people around cannot get hurt by stepping on broken glass by moving them away from the area. Protect yourself by wearing hard-soled shoes and a pair of good, not too thin rubber gloves, then:

    • Carefully pick larger pieces of glass up and place them onto several sheets of newspaper.
    • Make sure to check a large area (glass can fly up to 10 feet or more when smashed) for pieces.
    • Following this, thoroughly vacuum the area. Do not use the vacuum’s upholstery brush or a broom, as small bits of glass could catch in the bristles and cause more mess.
    • Use a damp paper towel or a piece of fresh bread to wipe the area. This will remove any tiny fragments of glass the vacuum may have missed.
    • Place the paper towel or bread onto the newspaper with the larger fragments and carefully wrap it all into the newspaper.
    • Finally, place your newspaper parcel into a plastic bag and tie the bag up. It is now safe to put into the bin.

    If the glass contained a drink when it was smashed, make sure to clear up the spill to prevent injuries by slipping.

    Public establishments

    Pubs, clubs and restaurants, hotels, shops and other public establishments have a duty of care to prevent accidental injuries to customers. This includes the responsibility to dispose of smashed glass and clear up spills quickly and effectively.

    Right to claim

    If you were injured by broken glass or a slip, trip or fall in such an establishment because the owner or manager was in breach of this duty, you could qualify for a public liability claim.

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    Date Published: April 24, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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