stairs have consistently ranked at or near the top of the list of injury hazards ranking # 2 regulerly. Further, it is believed that there are close to two million temporarily or permanently disabling injuries attributable to stair accidents a year. estimates
attribute approximately 3,800 deaths to stair accidents each year. People just do not relise how often injurys on stairs happen, many of these injurys are preventable. Landlords are often negligent, don't do maintenance, or alow unsafe and dangerous conditions in their buildings. Seek recovory for accidents that occur due to negligent maintenance, or unsafe and dangerous conditions if you have been badly hurt becouse of what a landlords act or failure to act.
Why we fall and who is at fault
Accidents were found to occur when this process was disrupted and the user abruptly encountered a nonconforming condition which prior visual and kinesthetic cues had led them not to anticipate. Such conditions include changes in the level of slip-resistance or subtle variations in riser heights or tread depths. Visual deceptions built into the design of the stair and distractions that drew the user's attention. Even adding a handrail can create new safety problem if it is not securely fixed.accidents are caused by makeshift repairs that the householder thought would make the stairs more safe.There is a relatively wide range of material and dtmemional characterfstics that can support safe behavior on stairs, yet treads can be too long and risers can be too low for safe passage. Treads that are so resistant to slipping that the foot w i l l not move when it should or lights that are so intense that a l l visual inf owtian is washed out can be just as hazardous as icy atairs in the dark
When a hazard is recognized, the normal human reaction is to be cautious
If kept dry, Any combination of flooring material and finish that provides adequate slip resistance on level floors is suitable for treads, and there is no need to add abrasive s t r i p s . treads subject to wetting, provide slip resistant surfaces such as broom finished concrete or special epoxy coatings with abrasive additives. There is no need to project nosing's on -stairs that have proper treads. Prevent water accumulation on solid treads by having a slight "wash" on the treads. If tread nosings are difficult for descending persons to see (due to uncontrollable lighting conditions or surface characteristfcs of
treads) ar if step dimensions are nonuniform, provide a contrasting marking stripe of uniform width
People have accidents when they think they are safe
People have accidents when they think they are safe. When a hazard is recognized, the normal human reaction is to be cautious. One fails to be cautious in the presence of a serious hazard only when something has interfered with the normal perception of danger. This most often occurs because of one of two reasons:
oOne (or more) environmental cue or particular detail is missing from the environment to indicate danger, such as a change of elevation in a dimly lit room, or -
oEven with the presence of environmental cues, such as adequate lighting or warnings, one fails to recognize a hazard, behaves accordingly, and an accident occurs
Seek recovory for accidents that occur due to negligent maintenance, or unsafe and dangerous conditions
premises liability cases involve accidents that occur due to negligent maintenance, or unsafe and dangerous conditions upon property owned by someone other than the accident victim. Property owners and business establishments have a duty to provide a safe environment for individuals on their premises. Common situations giving rise to New York premises accidents include uneven floor surfaces, poorly marked changes in elevation, slippery surfaces, broken sidewalks, uneven elevators and broken steps.
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