When it rains or snows, businesses need to make sure that they are taking steps to keep the floors at the entrances dry and safe for people to walk on. This isn’t always easy, but it is something that is imperative because slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. Business owners shouldn’t claim that they aren’t able to keep the floors suitable for walking as there are many ways they can improve traction and minimize the risk of slips.
One thing that has to be done on a consistent basis is cleaning the floor. Without a clean floor, slips and trips are still possible.
Placing mats near the entrance is one option that a business has. These mats will soak up the water and give people who are walking a surface that isn’t so slick. Even if the mats become saturated, there will likely still be some traction left.
Another option is to use a blower to try to dry the floor as people walk into the building. This might not work as well for busy businesses, but it can be used with other methods of trying to provide traction on the floor.
Even when businesses are using other methods, they still need to be sure to put up warning signs to let people coming in know that the floor is wet. These signs should be conspicuous and clearly note that there is a safety hazard.
If you slip and fall in a business because of water in the entryway, you might choose to seek compensation. Be sure to make notes about the condition of the entryway so that you can include that information in the claim for compensation that you make.
Source: Eagle Mat and Floor Products, “Prevent Accidents on Rainy Days,” accessed Feb. 24, 2017