SLIP and FALL ACCIDENTS and THE RISK OF DOING NOTHING
The owners or occupiers of commercial premises in Australia are legally bound to ensure that staff and visitors are kept safe, this includes taking reasonable steps to reduce the potential for slip fall accidents.
Slip fall accidents on privately owned or commercial premises which are proved to be caused by or contributed to by the negligence of the owner or occupier can result in a compensation claim for any personal injury sustained by an employee or visitor.
The posting of temporary “slippery when wet” signage may not be deemed to be a sufficient action to establish a “duty of care compliance”. Indeed apart from the use of these signs after mopping, the signs themselves may be the example of non-compliance, particularly if they are being used to negate expenditure or as “a fix” for an existing problem. These signs also do not meet the hazard warning requirements for the visually impaired.
In many cases the owner or occupier of defective premises to which the public visit will have ‘public liability’ insurance whereby the insurance company will indemnify the owner or occupier of premises for damages paid to the claimant. Claims of this nature have increased dramatically in the last few years, consequentially most insurance companies will ensure prior to renewal that a minimum “duty of care” compliance has been met.
With an aging population Friction Systems Australia has seen a significant increase in Slip fall accidents, particularly in the aged care and retirement sectors, the operators of these businesses understand that the risk of serious injury as a result of a slip fall accident can often lead to long term health issues and expensive litigation.
Call Friction Systems today for a free assessment, we will help reduce these risks in all the places you need to be….