Floors produce what is called a dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) level, and higher ones denote better slip resistance. In a CNA study of slip-and-fall accidents, researchers found that 50 percent of the surveyed sites had floors that did not pass the minimum DCOF threshold of 0.42, which was set by the American National Standards Institute. This should give some business owners in Ohio and across the US cause for concern.
A study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that injuries incurred on stairs are common to all age groups. Researchers analyzed over 25 million cases of Americans going to the ER due to stairway injuries between the years 1990 and 2012; although the highest injury rates were among the elderly, children 3 and under, and young adults in their 20s, over two-thirds of patients were between the ages of 11 and 60.
Premises managers and building owners in Ohio and around the country could be doing more to protect their employees and visitors from slip and fall injuries, according to a report released recently by the industrial absorbent company New Pig. Thousands of people are hurt every year by slips, trips and falls. In fact, this type of accident is the leading cause of workplace injuries in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ohio parents may be interested to learn that trampolines should not be viewed as toys and are responsible for thousands of visits to the emergency room every year. A study by Indiana University discovered that there were a projected 288,876 fractures that resulted from trampoline use between 2002 and 2011. All injuries associated with trampolines resulted in emergency room visit expenses of over $1 billion.
Many Ohio residents are involved in slip-and-fall accidents each year, and some of them suffer debilitating ankle injuries as a result. Ankle injuries range from mild strains to serious sprains and fractures, and recovering from them is often a slow and painful process. Torn ligaments or tendons in ankle joints can be particularly slow to heal.
Memorial Day through Labor Day is the peak season for carnivals and other events featuring amusement park rides. While Ohio residents see fun and excitement when they arrive at a park or festival, ride manufacturers are more worried about possible liability if someone gets hurt. Determining fault when an accident does occur can be complicated since a number of factors could contribute.
Ohio residents may be aware that homeowner's insurance provides coverage in the event that someone is injured while on their property, if that individual is either an invitee or licensee. An invitee may be a family member or social visitor, while a licensee is an person who is there for business purposes, such as a repairman or a cable installer.
An Ohio business is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for its patrons. One of the most common types of accidents related to premises liability involves slips and falls. In these incidents, an individual can suffer minor or serious injuries depending on the conditions. In serious situations, medical bills and other expenses can mount as an injured party seeks treatment or deals with lost wages. In some cases, injured parties might bear some of the responsibility for their accident, which can affect their ability to recover damages through legal action.
Trampoline parks have become an increasingly popular place to hold birthday parties, scout meetings, church youth group get-togethers and other activities for children. According to the International Association of Trampoline Parks, there were just 25 trampoline parks across the country in 2010, but that number had skyrocketed up to more than 350 in 2014.
Many small Ohio businesses do what they can to keep their customers and employees safe by ensuring that their property is free from hazards. Even when steps are taken to prevent hazards from occurring, accidents can still happen. While employees are generally covered under workers' compensation, customers or vendors may seek compensation for their injuries by filing a premises liability lawsuit, which can be very expensive for small businesses.