Spinal cord trauma and various other injuries can happen after a person slips and falls in a store.
From unclean staircases to slippery walkways in a building, there are many places that may pose a threat to shoppers.
Spills and liquids
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, broken bottles or leaky products can cause puddles of liquid to form on floors. This poses a safety and health hazard for people shopping in the store, because shoppers may end up dealing with back or other injuries after an unexpected slip and fall.
Employees should clean up any messes as soon as they see them. Leaving cleaning products on the floor and neglecting to mop them up also leaves the store open for possible safety issues.
Broken handrails and staircases
Stairs without any railings or unsafe staircases are another common problem in many stores. They may not fully support the weight of people walking on them, which can lead to a fall.
Dealing with an injury in a store due to uneven steps or other design flaws can leave you struggling to go to work or walk around afterward.
Mats and other uneven surfaces
Loose tiles on a floor or bunched-up floor mats also pose a threat to anyone who is walking past. Any item that is a possible tripping hazard can leave you with a serious injury from a slip and fall.
Broken glass from store products, unraveled electronic cords and other items can also cause people to trip, especially if the floor is uneven or slippery in some way.