A Toronto area pipe manufacturer recently pleaded guilty to a charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The case involved a worker who was injured after slipping and falling onto a machine at a manufacturing facility. His arm was injured when it became trapped between the machinery and its moving parts. The company in question pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the work surface was kept free of slip and fall hazards and was fined $50,000.
That case obviously involved a work injury and falls under occupational legislation, however the courts recognize a similar responsibility on the part of business owners and public bodies. In short, it holds any company or organization responsible for the safety of locations where the public may come.
It’s not an abstract idea or obligation. It involves taking specific steps to ensure the safety of employees, clients or users of public areas, including measures like keeping floors and even outside areas like walkways clean and dry and making sure carpets and rugs are in good repair and do not represent a hazard, among others.
It’s No Joke
The law takes public safety seriously whether it’s a work situation or not. Slip and fall accidents can have long lasting consequences and no one should be taking an undue risk just by walking down the sidewalk or entering into a store. Slips, trips and falls can result in strains, soft tissue injuries and even broken bones, and most are preventable. As slip and fall lawyers we know that these types of injuries can also result in:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Chronic back pain
- Spinal stenosis
What You Need to Know About Slip and Fall Injuries
If you have experienced a slip and fall accident, you need to keep two things in mind.
- The first one is to get prompt medical attention.
- The second thing you need to do is to contact a slip and fall lawyer immediately.
Help with your Slip and Fall Claim
At Petrillo law, we work on behalf of injured people to get them the compensation they deserve. As experienced slip and fall lawyers, we understand the pain and uncertainty that comes with being injured. We have successfully recovered damages on behalf of hundreds of slip and fall victims throughout Mississauga, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario. And we can help you too.