Carelessness can lead to fatal accidents in every area of daily life. In traffic, the recklessness of a speeding driver poses an obvious risk to others. Whilst the same risk is present for the consumers of businesses in the food sector. In a public event, failing to provide a safe environment is also a form of negligence. To those who serve others for any reason, safety should be the top priority. As seen in the personal injury laws, the obligation to provide safety by taking preventive measures to eliminate potential risk factors, acting reasonably to avoid being the cause of an accident and serving to the visitors, customers or patients suitable for standards is the duty of care of service providers.
Victims can potentially sustain a loss after an accident
Various losses can be sustained by the victim depending on the severity of the accident. As the majority of accidents in a public property are due to foreseeable causes, the businesses should sustain the safety by evaluating risk factors and eliminating them upon noticing. The loss can be an economic loss that arises from the incapacity of the victim to perform his/her occupation. This is mostly due to the high impairment degree of the victim. Or, the economic loss caused by the medical expendituresto theinability to work during the inpatient treatment.In either case, if the cause of the accident is the business’s neglected duties, the loss is to be covered by the liable party or the insurer.
The businesses should ensure the areas accessible by the public are hazard-free. In an unmaintained business, numerous factors may pose a risk. In a supermarket, from the overloaded shelves to the slippery floor, lack of commitment to perform the duty of care conduces to accidents that are quite foreseeable by the business itself.
Risk factors in public places are easily noticeable by taking reasonable care
Although the risk can be hidden sometimes, generally, by taking necessary care, the potentially dangerous risk factors are easily noticeable. Either by assessing the risk factors by managing an adequate safety plan or by taking immediate actions against the obvious risks, the human factor in public accidents can be eliminated. In a supermarket, a variety of risks can transform into an accident by lack of sufficient care. Starting from the entrance, the visitors are exposed to slip and fall risks due to slippery floors. Then, especially in decoration and home appliance sections, unguarded or overloaded shelves can fail, and the falling objects may cause major health conditions to the visitor. As supermarkets are loaded with numerous hazardous chemicals for cleaning purposes, in case of contact, the visitors can sustain long-lasting burn damages and loss of eyesight. Even if these risks are taken care of, structural errors occur more commonly than they can be thought of. Glass panels can fall, unmounted racks can tip over, or electric-powered signboards can start a fire or shock the visitor.
All these mentioned examples are the foreseeable outcomes of insufficient care to provide safety. In a natural disaster, the unstabilised and unmounted objects can harm the victim’s physical condition. Although the incident obviously isn’t preventable, the aftermath can be minimised by the business by following the safety standards. This means, by fulfilling your legal duties, you will not be contributing to the severity of the accident, in case of emergency.