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Business owners and employees owe a duty to prevent accidents

On Behalf of | May 26, 2021 | Premises Liability

Business owners need to monitor their premises and take reasonable steps to eliminate hazardous conditions. Their employees also owe a duty to do so. As noted by Business.com, an injured visitor may file a legal action if a dangerous condition develops and causes an accident.

Common preventable accidents include slips, trips and falls. Wet floors and broken stairs may increase the risks of a serious injury. When a condition is foreseeable, employees owe a duty of care to clean up spills or post signs to warn visitors to keep away or exercise caution.

A failure to prevent a foreseeable hazard may result in a legal action

To obtain relief through the courts, injured patrons may need to show that a business owner or supervisor knew a hazardous condition existed on the premises and failed to remedy it. Spilled ice cubes on the floor around a soda machine, for example, may require instructing employees to clean the area.

If employees failed to clean or clear an area known to cause foreseeable accidents, the business owner may face liability for a resulting injury. In some cases, a noticeable warning sign or safety cones may serve to warn patrons of the possibility of hazards.

Surveillance cameras showed employees failed to clean up spills

A Massachusetts resident filed a legal action against a casino after slipping on a “liquid substance” that had accumulated on the floor. As reported by Casino.org, footage from a surveillance camera captured employees walking past the liquid and failing to clean up the spill.

Retail shops, restaurants and other establishments may pose threats to visitors’ safety. Owners and employees who fail to maintain premises safety may have breached a duty to keep their patrons free from danger. An otherwise preventable injury may justify a visitor’s legal action to obtain relief and damages.