Outdoor hazards exist even during the summer months

| Jul 18, 2019 | Premises Liability

You might think of slip-and-fall accidents as only occurring when there is snow or ice on the ground, but this is a big misconception. Even in the heat of summer, it is possible for someone to slip or trip and fall outdoors. There are several reasons that this can occur, so you should be prepared for them all if you are going to walk around.

One location of some of these accidents is the parking lot of a business. When the owner of the property isn’t caring for the parking lot, there is a chance that hazards will exist. This can include abrupt differences in the surface height or having excessive loose gravel or asphalt. Any defects in the surface, including potholes and cracks, should be repaired to help prevent customer injuries in the parking area.

Outdoor lighting is another issue that might lead to safety concerns. When you can’t see the surface, you might fall. This can be remedied by placing large outdoor lights around the parking lot. Special areas of concern include the space around curbs and any other changes in the height of the ground. Adequate lighting can also help to prevent things like physical attacks or robberies from occurring in the parking lot.

It is even possible that slippery conditions from rain might cause issues. It is unreasonable to think that the property owner could prevent the rain from making the ground slick. Once you walk into the building, that changes. The owner should clean up water immediately. If that isn’t possible, signage and things like high velocity fans can help address the problem in a proactive manner.