Is there a wet floor sign law?

Yes. In most countries, including the United States, a wet floor sign must be used when there is a call to action such as a wet floor, rain, etc. OSHA has inspectors that can fine your business for not using any caution signs however the real cost comes after the fact.

Slip and falls are so common and more often than not, lawyers get involved. A good attorney would hire an independent safety inspector to analyze the scene and determine the floor conditions. Lawsuit usually between the victim and the business average about $18,000 per incident however the business typically ends up settling out of court.

Lets’ assume there Is a leaking ice machine and a senior citizen slips and falls on her butt and sustains 2 vertebral compression fractures in the L1 and L2 vertebrae.

Situation 1: No wet floor sign next to ice machine

  1. Victim takes a picture
  2. Victim schedules appointment with her doctor the following day for pain in lower back ($100 office visit)
  3. Doctor refers victim to specialist and X-Ray ($450)
  4. Lumbar compression factor – needs surgery ($4,500)
  5. Victim consults and hires an attorney at ($250 an hour)
  6. Lawyer hires private safety inspector at ($3,000) whose detailed report determines your business was negligent for not cleaning or alerting customers of the wet floor
  7. Lawyer drafts up a notice demanding ($50,000) in medical, legal and damages

Situation 2: Wet floor sign next to ice machine

  1. Victim takes a picture
  2. Victim schedules appointment with her doctor the following day for pain in lower back
  3. Doctor refers victim to specialist and X-Ray
  4. Lumbar compression factor – needs surgery
  5. Victim consults an attorney and realizes the business was OSHA compliant in their safety and does not to take the case.
  6. Victim contacts your business asking you to cover medical costs

The law will not be in your favor if you don’t have a wet floor sign. Easiest way to protect your customer and yourself is keep your business safe. Make sure you check out the award winning Banana Cone

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