Preventing slips and falls in your store
If you own a store, then it is in your best interests to keep your customers as safe as possible. Not only will a dangerous store put off customers, but if you are responsible for someone injuring themselves then you may be liable to pay compensation to them.
The most common types of accidents and injuries in shops are slips, trips and falls. This is because shops tend to have plenty of items around for people to trip over, and liquids and items which can cause slips if not properly cleaned up. If you follow a few easy rules, though, you should find that you avoid customers being injured.
- Install floor mats. Floor mats keep areas of the floor completely non-slip and can help your customers to transition from outdoors to indoors. Most stores place these mats in the entrance of the store, as the floor outside is likely to be rougher than the flooring inside, and this can cause slips.
- Place displays carefully. Large displays may be visible enough that people won’t trip over them, but if you have your display set in a high traffic area then it is possible that someone will knock it over and this can cause trips and falls. Any low down display which encroaches on an aisle can also cause trips.
- Put up signs. Signs will direct shoppers where you expect them to go, and stop people building up in certain areas of the store. You can also use signs to warn customers about potential hazards so that they are aware long before they get to the area that could cause them to injure themselves.
- Clean up spills immediately. Have enough staff working on the shop floor so that there is always someone to attend to a spill instantly. Remember that on wet days the floor may become slippery quickly, and someone should be available with a wet floor sign for these areas.
How to find an injury lawyer in Otterburn if you are injured in a store
If you have slipped and been injured in a store, you may be able to claim compensation against them. The best way to make a compensation claim is to find an injury lawyer in Otterburn who can help you. Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims and will be able to find you a dedicated and professional injury lawyer in Otterburn to work on your case.
Just call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our friendly, helpful advisors, and they will let you know whether you have a good case for compensation. If you do, then you will be passed onto an injury lawyer in Otterburn who will work with you on a 100% no win no fee basis to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Date Published: 17th October 2013
Author: David Brown