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What is a slip-and-fall accident?

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California business owners may not have to deal with bad winter weather and the ice and snow that come with them, but that does not mean that they do not have to deal with slip-and-fall accidents. Wet floors are a big hazard, but there are other things that can contribute to a fall. According to Nationwide, one of the most preventable issues in a business environment are slip-and-fall accidents. If you are a business owner, you should make sure that you are familiar with this type of accident and what it can mean for your business if a customer or employee has an accident on your property.

Falls and slips can occur inside and outside of your business. It is your responsibility to make sure that all walkways, parking areas and interior floors are maintained and safe for customers and employees. You should conduct routine inspections and maintenance to catch any issues early. Possible risks could include uneven pavement, torn carpet and loose tiles. If you notice a hazard, you should immediately post a sign or put up a barrier to make people aware of it.

You should also create a plan for responding to slip-and-fall accidents. Make sure all employees are trained on the procedures and know what to do if an accident occurs. It is also a good idea to keep logs of maintenance and steps taken to reduce risks and hazardous situations. In addition, it can be helpful to have a record for any situations that occur that details the steps you or your employees took to remedy it. 

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