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Slip Or Trip At A Shopping Centre

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Shopping centres must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety of their customers, and eliminating slip or trip hazards is a vital part of this. Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and all other shopping centres, and any retail premises such as MetroCentre, Trafford Centre, Westfield Strafford Centre and Bluewater, should assess the risk of trips or slips and take steps to avoid these accidents. Slips and trips are the leading cause of serious personal injuries in retailers. The majority of these accidents occur due to the following factors.

Poor housekeeping

When cleaning occurs, the floor must not be left wet. The flooring in retail premises can become very slippery when wet, and this can lead to employees or customers suffering from a slip or fall. Spillages also regularly occur in retail premises, and these must be cleaned up properly so they do not pose a slipping hazard. Trailing wires and other obstructions in walkways can also pose a hazard in retail premises. Cleaning up these obstructions and establishing effective management systems to ensure they remain clean can prevent the vast majority of shopping centre personal injury claims.

Uneven flooring

While poor housekeeping is seen in many shopping centre accident claims, uneven flooring also poses a risk. Damaged flooring should be repaired as quickly as possible and customers should be kept away from the floor until repairs have taken place.

If you have been in a slip or trip at the supermarket:

  • Report the injury and ensure it is recorded
  • Seek medical treatment
  • Collect evidence that could support your compensation claim, including photographs and witness contact information
  • Speak to the personal injury lawyers at Clearwater Solicitors

We can help you receive all the money you deserve for your personal injury. Call us on 08000 430 430 or fill in our online enquiry form to find out what we can do for you.

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