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Winter increases risk of slip and fall accidents

Winters in New Hampshire can be brutal, with lots of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. These conditions also increase the chances of slips and falls which can result in serious injuries. When these accidents happen on a business's property, the owner may be liable for the damages, especially if there was negligence on his or her part.

According to FindLaw, a property owner may be at fault if a known problem was not corrected or precautions were not taken. In terms of snow and ice, owners are typically not responsible for regular build up due to weather. However, abnormal accumulation due to certain preventable conditions is their responsibility. For example, if there is a slant to the sidewalk leading to the front door that causes ice patches, the owner may be liable for any subsequent falls and injuries.

Before winter arrives, Huffington Post recommends business owners inspect the interior and exterior of the building to identify any potential hazards. Places where ice can accumulate should take special notice. This may include areas such as the sidewalks, parking lots, steps and handrails. If problems exist they should be fixed as quickly as possible, but there should also be a backup plan, such as salt and sand, for ice removal. There should also be adequate lighting outside so problem spots can be seen when it is dark.

Inside the building, precautions should be taken to reduce slippage. During snowy or rainy days there should be extra door mats and wet floor signs. The area should also be cleaned and dried frequently throughout the day.   

 

 

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