Property owners in Georgia should know that they have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment. As part of that, they must routinely inspect their gas pipes for any leaks. An incident at a Florida shopping center illustrates what can happen if property owners fail in this regard.
Slips, trips and falls can happen at almost any building or facility in Georgia. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), falls are the second-leading cause of injury at work. Furthermore, floors and floor materials account for two million injuries per year. Typically, individuals slip or fall on floors that are wet or are made slippery by ice or oil. Mud, wet leaves and other items can also increase the risk of a person falling.
In general, property owners have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for all lawful entrants. That includes guests, employees, and customers. The state of Georgia also follows the doctrine of attractive nuisance, which protects children in certain cases when they trespass on a property.
Georgia residents who own a swimming pool or spa may be looking forward to the summer. However, they should keep in mind that pools and spas can pose a safety hazard, especially for toddlers. In June 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission came out with a report saying that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among 1- to 4-year-olds in the U.S. As for those aged 5 to 19, the leading cause is transportation accidents.
Employers in Georgia or anywhere else may be liable for injuries that occur to employees in parking lots. Therefore, it is important that they take steps to ensure that workers are as safe as possible while on a lot or in a parking garage. One way to accomplish this goal is to ensure that everyone knows where they should be driving or walking. Bright paint, physical barriers or large signs can help direct traffic in a lot or in a garage.
Generally speaking, there are no laws that regulate how a hotel must protect a guest against bedbugs. However, the operator must still make a good faith effort to prevent them from infesting a guest's room. Ideally, a hotel in Georgia will implement a program to ensure that bedbugs don't have the ability to enter a building or spread from room to room. In addition to protecting an establishment from a lawsuit, this can help to preserve a hotel's brand as well.
Every year in Georgia and across the U.S., over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs. This results in some $600 million in medical claims. Yet most dog bites can be prevented if people understand that dogs are liable to attack when they are sick, they get overexcited during play, they are startled or the safety of their owner, food, toy or territory appears to be threatened.
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has found that the percentage of severe injuries incurred at trampoline parks and jump parks is higher than on home trampolines. Georgia residents should know that this includes both children and adults. The most frequent injuries were fractures, especially lower extremity fractures. Open fractures and fractures requiring surgery are more common in these parks.
Sports stadiums can be the site for many preventable accidents, which, in turn, may lead to premises liability claims. Georgia residents may want to know about one such case where a man was assaulted just outside of Dodger Stadium back in 2015. His complaint was filed in 2017, and now the Los Angeles Superior Court has scheduled the case for mediation in February 2020.
Homeowners in Georgia preparing for some fun get-togethers around the swimming pool should know about their duty to keep others safe. Every year in the U.S., 3,536 people die in unintentional non-boating drowning accidents, according to the CDC. In the following three steps, homeowners can reduce the likelihood of drowning and other incidents on their property.