Trip and fall injuries

Many trip and fall injuries occur when people:

  • Trip and fall down stairs, especially when the stairs are not adequately lit.
  • Trip over an exposed concrete car stop while walking through a parking lot.
  • Fall over objects, such as exposed electrical cords, uneven ground surfaces, and exposed tree roots.
You can take these easy steps to reduce trip and fall accidents: 
  • Remove extension cords, area rugs, pallets, or tripping hazards from walkways. If you must use an extension cord, route it away from walkways. As a last resort, tape the entire length of the cord to the floor. 
  • Use duct tape that is highly visible. 
  • Inspect your parking lot and repair holes in the asphalt. 
  • If possible, remove concrete car stops or paint them in a highly visible color. 
  • Make sure stairways are clean and free of tripping hazards. Make sure carpeting is secured and non-skid treads are applied to bare steps. Increase lighting on stairs and in dark walkways. 
  • Clean up! Remove clutter and boxes, especially from stairs and high-traffic areas. 
  • Clean up spills immediately. 
  • Inspect your property. Fill holes and depressions around your property, and remove exposed tree roots or drainage pipes. If a fall occurs, inspect the area immediately. 
  • Remove any hazards and inspect your premises for any similar hazards that need to be corrected.

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.

For safety or risk management questions or suggestions, please contact Markel.

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