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4 common slip and fall risks at the grocery store

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Slip/Trip & Fall Accidents

Going to the grocery store is likely to be part of your daily routine, but the supermarket holds potential hazards that may lurk underfoot. While nobody expects to have a devastating accident when they go shopping, there is no such thing as being too careful.

Being familiar with common hazards can help you know when you have a valid claim for a slip-and-fall.

Wet floors

One of the most prevalent hazards in a grocery store is wet floors. Spills from various liquids like water, oil or even dropped produce can create slippery surfaces. Store employees are responsible for cleaning up spills promptly. However, these areas might go unnoticed or not be adequately marked with warning signs.

Uneven surfaces

Another potential risk is encountering uneven surfaces, such as torn or loose floor mats, cracked tiles or uneven pavement in the parking lot. These irregularities can easily trip up unsuspecting customers, leading to falls and injuries.

Cluttered aisles

Navigating crowded and cluttered aisles can also pose a risk of slips and falls. Merchandise left on the floor and overcrowded displays can obstruct pathways.

Poor lighting

Inadequate lighting can contribute to accidents by obscuring potential hazards or making it difficult for shoppers to see where they are going. Dimly lit areas, especially in corners or near shelves, may hide spills or obstacles from view. Grocery stores need to maintain proper lighting levels throughout the premises to enhance visibility and reduce the risk of slip and fall incidents.

Slip and fall accidents account for over 1 million emergency room visits each year. With so many of these accidents happening during mundane activities, such as grocery shopping, it is important to understand what premises liability risks to look out for during your everyday life.