If you have paid a visit to any retail centre having not been for a while, one thing that will always strike you is how frequently shops change. One consequence of this rapid turnover is that the signage outside premises is constantly changing. This can lead to a risk of falling shop soon injuries where they have not been secured properly.
The intransigent nature of these displays is not the only problem. Human error can sometimes play its part in creating circumstances leading up to falling shop sign injuries. It could be that the handyman whose job it was to secure the sign did not do their job thoroughly. Other factors could be more incidental.
For instance, where the shop is located near to leaky ceilings, seepage can have a detrimental effect on any sign, causing it to become compromised, perhaps detaching it from the bolts holding it in place. The presence of pigeons can also have an adverse effect as birds roosting amongst signs will cause damage over an extended period of time.
What are some of the longer-term effects?
Falling shop sign injuries will vary in intensity depending on various factors, such as the size and weight of the sign, and whether the victim was directly beneath, or simply dealt a glancing blow. While these types of accident can be seen as relatively rare, this is no excuse for not having taken the possibility into account.
Shop owners should always do a thorough risk assessment of every aspect of their premises. This should include obvious areas within the store, such as displays, or areas where hot coffee is served, but also less obvious sources of potential injury such as the signage hanging above the front door.
Would you benefit from expert advice?
Having been injured by a falling sign might seem like a freak accident. But Accident Advice Helpline has ample experience in dealing with all manner of industrial injuries.
If you would like to find out whether your circumstances would merit a successful compensation claim, then you owe it to yourself to have your situation reviewed by an expert. How would you do this? It’s simple.
Phone Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, and we will guarantee that one of our legal experts will thoroughly assess your case. Calls to our hotline are free.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen