Shopping malls, grocery stores and other public spaces are often fitted with hard floors rather than carpets. Having such floor surfaces adds to the modern aesthetic and it is also efficient to clean.
The drawback of this is that these surfaces can be slippery, and slip-and-fall accidents are one of the most common causes of accidental injuries to the public. Floor surfaces are at their most dangerous when they are wet, either through cleaning or because of rain being brought in from the outside.
One way that premises can tackle this is by using wet floor signs. These alert the public of the risk and ensure that they remain vigilant. For wet floor signs to serve their desired purpose, it’s important that the following factors are considered:
The placement of the sign helps
A wet floor sign is supposed to stand out and alert consumers of potential dangers. Thus, if a sign is placed out of sight and not near the vicinity of the spill or wet surface, then it is essentially obsolete. Staff should be provided with training so that they know how to implement such safety measures properly.
Visual cues are also essential
It’s amazing how powerful a message simple diagrams can send. A simple figure that is clearly in the process of slipping can alert the public as to what type of warning is in place. New York is also a very diverse place, so store managers should consider the benefits of having multilingual signs.
Signs are also generally color coded. Yellow is usually associated with a warning of some sort of physical danger, so this is the best color for wet floor signs.
If you’ve fallen and the premises have been negligent in their safety procedures, then you may be entitled to some compensation. It’s probably in your best interests to seek legal guidance before making your next move.