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Winter Hazards Increase Slip and Fall Risk

Winter Hazards Increase Slip and Fall RiskAs colder temperatures bring snow, ice, and rain to the area, hazardous winter conditions will create an increased risk of personal injury. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips, and falls are one of the leading causes of lost work time injuries. Slip and fall accidents are more likely in the winter months due to icy conditions but steps can be taken to ensure that the risk for potential injury is decreased on icy sidewalks, parking lots, and roadways.

Preventing Winter Hazards

Many property owners contract outside help to perform snow and ice removal. Although maintaining icy surfaces is primarily up to hired contractors in these situations, there are a few things that property owners can do to further reduce the risk for slip and fall accidents and injuries during the winter months.

  • Identify Potential Hazards: Ice, snow, and sleet can easily be identified as potential hazards, but underlying issues may make the risk for injury much greater. Insufficient lighting due to limited daylight hours, cracks, potholes, uneven walking surfaces, untreated entrances and busy walkways may pose a potential risk for slip and fall accidents.
  • Repair and Take Precautions: After evaluating areas of heavy pedestrian traffic, make appropriate repairs to walking surfaces and entryways. Maintain a working relationship with contracted snow removal companies and have salt and shovels available to make sure that all surfaces remain clear of hazards.
  • Provide Notice: If you are aware of a potential winter hazard, be sure to alert employees and pedestrians. Create warning signs and have cones, barricade tape, and other barrier devices readily available to mark areas that have not been made clear of snow or ice.

While it is a property owner’s responsibility to maintain safe walking conditions on sidewalks and in parking lots, failure to pay attention to your surroundings and take caution when commuting may result in injury due to personal negligence.

Taking Action

If you have sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident that occurred due to an unsafe condition, including untreated areas of accumulated snow and ice, you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of an accident, ensure that steps are taken to provide documentation immediately. This includes filling out an accident report and taking photos at the scene of the accident.

Property owners must have reasonable accommodations, but if an injury occurred due to improper upkeep and without a safety warning or notice, the owner may be liable for damages including lost work time, medical costs, and compensation for pain and suffering.

Chester County Slip and Fall Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Assist Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents

If you or someone you know has sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident due to hazardous winter conditions, contact a Chester County slip and fall lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. Call 215-569-8488 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. With offices located throughout the tri-state area, we serve clients in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.