Stairs, walkways and ramps as tripping hazards

Firm News,Slip-And-Fall Accidents On Saturday, July 28, 2018

Many shops in Connecticut have walkways or stairs leading from the sidewalk into the building itself. Sometimes there may also be short ramps. Other times, the set of stairs can be quite long. In some cases, there might not be either, but there could still be a raised platform before you enter the building. And all of these things come with inherent safety risks.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has a number of informational safety pieces featuring the potential hazards of stairways, which are considered to be quite dangerous for a number of reasons. First, stairs can be dangerous if they aren’t built to specification. This can include steps that are too short, too tall, too wide, or too long. Staggering the steps strangely can also cause people to trip. Many stars leading into shops also lack safety rails, which are necessary for some to maintain their balance.

Findlaw defines slip and fall accidents on this page, which doesn’t only include things that involve slipping on water or ice. One can slip on uneven ground as well, which is where ramps come into play. Though these ramps can be useful for those in wheelchairs, they can also be a tripping hazard to some. Ramps without a gentle slope can be a trip hazard. Lack of ramps where they’re necessary can also be a problem. For example, if a shop’s entrance is raised from the ground and you have to step over the threshold to get in.

These tools meant to aid our movement can actually end up causing us harm if they aren’t built and maintained carefully. Those who have been injured on stairs, ramps, or walkways may be able to pursue compensation.

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