Automatic doors and escalators are extremely useful when attempting to navigate around a large and busy supermarket. However, the previously aforementioned facilities could potentially cause a supermarket accident.
Why are automatic doors and escalators more likely to cause accidents in a supermarket?
The reasons for this is because there are always a lot of people in a supermarket, often rushing around either with a trolley or a buggy, or sometimes both, which means there are more obstacles to avoid in order to prevent a trip claim. As well as this, people are often less aware of their surroundings when they are doing their food shopping; especially when they want to finish as soon as possible.
What type of slips, trips or falls are caused by these objects?
There are several different slip, trip and fall claims caused by automatic doors and escalators. These can range from someone not stepping off the escalator in time thus leading to a trip injury to someone walking into an automatic door, either because they were walking too fast, or the door was out of order and the customer was not paying attention to the fact that the doors were not opening.
How can I help prevent a slip, trip or fall claim?
The key thing to avoiding any accident is to be aware of your surroundings. This will make you more aware of any potential hazards and prevent yourself getting a slip, trip or fall injury. Even if the other person isn’t looking where they are going you can avoid any injury by being alert. Also, one other main thing you can do to prevent a slip, trip or fall injury is to take things slowly. As attractive as it may be, it’s best not to rush around the supermarket because this is usually when accidents occur. If you take things slowly not only will you feel more calm but you will be able to spot potential accidents a lot quicker and hopefully prevent them.
But, if you do have a slip, trip or fall in a supermarket that isn’t your fault then speak to Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could make a claim or take the 30-second compensation calculator test online.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown