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How business owners can avoid slip and fall accidents

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Though slip and fall accidents are sometimes unavoidable, there are certain steps business owners can take to reduce the risk of injury on their property, according to FindLaw.

The news source recommends keeping floors dry and clear and monitoring their cleanliness at all times. The longer an item remains on the floor the more liable a business owner becomes for negligence in the case. Some frequent causes for slip and fall cases related to floors include failing to use a wet floor sign, not closing off a slippery area and using too much floor wax.

Stairs also may open the window for liability, as they can become increasingly damaged over time. "Edges may be sharp or rounded and cause someone to injure themselves," FindLaw warns.

Finally, the moving parts of escalators and elevators sometimes increase the risk for injury and may lead to claims being brought against a company. Maintenance is important as "some courts impose a higher standard of safety on owners and operators of escalators and elevators," according to the source.

Though there are ways to reduce the chances of injury, it may be more cost-effective to have insurance coverage instead of risking an accident and incurring expenses, should charges be filed. A Business Owner Policy will help business owners cover costs resulting from people injured on their premises. 

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