What is the definition of a slip and fall accident?
Slip and fall is a personal injury claim that results from a person slipping and falling. Wikipedia defines it as a tort and it is based on a claim that the property owner was negligent in allowing some dangerous condition to exist that led to the fall.
What is the difference between trip and fall and slip and fall?
A slip and fall is caused by wetness or slippery substances on the ground, such as water on stairs, round objects like beads on the floor or spilled items. General injuries associated with slip and fall accidents include neck injuries, back injuries and hip injuries.
Trip and fall accidents are caused by uneven surfaces or objects that initiate a stumble, such as items on the floor and uneven sidewalks. Some injuries associated with trip and fall accidents include hand/arm fractures, knee injuries and elbow injuries.
How to prevent slip and fall accidents
There are a number of things that building owners, facility managers and property owners can do to prevent slip and fall accidents. Good housekeeping is critical, so make sure that the premises are always properly maintained and that cleaning and maintenance responsibilities are assigned to relevant people. Reduce wet or slippery surfaces on floors, in parking lots and on sidewalks surrounding your building. Invest in proper lighting, avoid unnecessary obstacles in corridors, entranceways, stairwells and walkways and be sure to conduct periodic inspections.