Receiving professional pressure washing services can provide more than just aesthetic appeal for a commercial property. Through specialized removal of dirt, mud, grease, and/or oil (particularly from outdoor flooring), pressure washing can greatly reduce the chances of liability by helping to prevent slip-and-fall accidents within commercial premises. This is especially important for businesses in South Florida since the weather can be somewhat unpredictable, as is the residue it leaves behind. When surfaces intended for walking are not pressure washed at least semi-regularly, the untreated grime that accumulates with time can pose a slipping hazard for employees and guests alike. This is a problem that could result in an accident that prompts a serious lawsuit holding the business accountable.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a set of legal principles that hold a landowner responsible for when a visitor or pedestrian suffers an injury on their property—public or private—due to unsafe conditions. Additionally, the premises liability claims that make it to court often argue that the incident in question was caused by negligence on the part of the property owner. The most common reason for a premises liability claim is a slip-and-fall accident, especially those that take place on business properties.
Slipping and falling on poor walking surfaces makes up a large portion of premises liability claims and supplementary personal injury lawsuits in the United States. In fact, approximately 25,000 people a day are victim to a slip-and-fall accident, averaging courtroom and settlement costs of over $30 billion per year. Furthermore, accidents involving employees sustaining injuries as a result of slipping and falling in the workplace accounts for roughly 15% of overall annual Workers’ Compensation expenses.
Unfortunately, not everyone who suffers a slip-and-fall can simply “walk it off.” Permanent disabilities, brain trauma, and even death could result from a slip-and-fall accident. Slips-and-falls are actually the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries and one of the leading causes of all recorded accidental deaths in the United States today. Moreover, more than 700,000 people are hospitalized every year as the result of slipping and falling.
These accidents can be prevented with proper preventative action. Routine pressure washing maintenance will improve the quality and safety of your commercial property and help to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.
What Kinds of Commercial Areas Should Be Pressure Washed?
While the inside of any commercial building should be maintained and marked with warning signs as needed (i.e. “Wet Floor” signs), keeping walking surfaces slip-resistant outside of the building(s) is something that every business should make a priority. Focus areas for pressure washing include building walkways and sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, and stairs.
Walkways and Sidewalks
Areas like walkways and sidewalks that carry the most on-foot traffic are more likely to collect and retain slippery buildup over time. The collection of buildup in cracks and gaps could pose an equally unsafe tripping hazard. Senior citizens and children in particular are at risk of slipping and falling on such low traction walking surfaces. Pressure cleaning walkways and sidewalks on a regular basis will eliminate the grime left behind by debris.Watch Full Movie Streaming Online and Download
Algae, mold, and other forms of organic buildup contribute to the slipperiness and instability of untreated walking surfaces, especially those made of concrete or wood. However, the potential for accidents are worse on wheelchair ramps as opposed to sidewalks and walkways. When ramps are wet, slick, or anything except dry, they can be incredibly dangerous for anyone using them. It’s imperative that ramps are routinely pressure cleaned to offer guests in wheelchairs a safe means of entering the building.
Stairs, like any other walking surface, collect the filth left behind by dirty shoe treads. Thankfully, most sets of stairs are equipped with handrails for extra support to prevent loss of balance for anyone climbing the steps. However, when stairs are not pressure washed regularly, the accumulated coat of grime, in combination with any water spillage, could easily cause a slip-and-fall accident on your commercial property.
Premises liability cases are rising every day as a result of unfortunate slip-and-fall accidents. Businesses and property owners can avoid contributing to this statistic by taking proper safety measures through routine walking surface power washing. Power washing will keep the walking surface conditions of any building both clean and slip-resistant by eliminating grease, oils and liquids, dirt buildup, and all manner of tracked residue. Safe working conditions, including access ways, are the most important aspects of any commercial building; and it’s also the most important reason to consider regular pressure washing services.
Pressure Cleaning Services can help with the prevention of slip-and-fall accidents and potential premises liability lawsuits by keeping your property’s sidewalks, walkways, ramps, stairs, and all outdoor on-foot traffic areas slip-free and looking like new. For more information, please call us today at (239) 287-7261.