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December 2018 Archives

Slippery floors to blame for many slip and falls

CNA Financial released a Slip and Fall Study Report back in 2017 that property owners in Georgia should take note of. Flooring on business properties should be slip resistant. In technical terms, it should produce a dynamic coefficient of friction of at least 0.42, according to the American National Standards Institute. In 50 percent of the sites surveyed by CNA, however, the flooring failed to produce this DCOF.

What should a hotel staff do to keep you safe?

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, your hotel stay likely plays a role in your overall enjoyment of your trip. Though everyone has an opinion about the quality of a hotel where they may stay, you may look for a hotel that has a high rating online or positive recommendations from friends. Additionally, you certainly want a comfortable bed, speedy room service, and on-site amenities like a gym or pool.

Hurt in a hotel? Find out who is to blame for your injuries

When you check into a hotel, you expect that you will be safe and not experience injuries from any unnecessary hazards. It can be devastating and overwhelming for hotel guests to suffer physical and financial harm because of dangerous property conditions and other factors beyond their control. If you were hurt in a hotel, you may need to know who is to blame for your pain and suffering.

Trips and falls more frequent among youth than elderly

Georgia residents should know about a study from Purdue University that states that trips and falls are more frequent among young adults than the elderly. Researchers had a group of 94 college students (average age 19) respond to a daily online survey asking if they had tripped in the past 24 hours. The study period was four months, and the response rate was 93 percent.

Facts about falling at home or work

Falls represent one of the most common reasons why a person would visit an emergency room in Georgia. Nationally, falls accounted for more than eight million visits to an emergency room while slip and fall accidents accounted for more than a million. Inadequate floors or flooring material causes up to two million injuries from falls per year. Those who fall can experience serious injuries, and 5 percent of people who fall experience a fracture of some sort.

Avoiding accidents on the escalator

Georgia residents can generally feel confident that they are safe while riding an escalator. However, it is possible to get into an accident by not paying attention to the escalator itself or other riders. To get onto the escalator safely, riders should first look to see which direction it is going. Parents should have a firm grip on their child's hand prior to taking the first step. The other hand should be kept free to grip the guardrail.

Remain alert when you are shopping this season

As frantic as you may feel as the holidays get closer, there are others in Georgia who are even more desperate. They are willing to harm you to get what they want from you, whether it is your packages, your money or yourself. Some may even have the sinister goal of getting to your child.

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