Prioritize the safety of your guests and employees without compromising on the aesthetic beauty of your hotel’s interior design.
With the tourism industry reopening after a three-year-long shutdown, your hotel will soon see an influx of both local and international guests. As part of the hotel management team, do not omit the importance of guest safety in areas with high risks of slip and fall accidents.
This applies to hotels of any star rating, because not only do these accidents derail your guests from their plans, but your hotel is also legally responsible for ensuring that there is no safety or health hazard on your premises. If the slip and fall accident happened as a result of negligence on the part of the hotel, your customer can file a personal injury claim.
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Slips and falls have accounted for over 1.5 million ER visits since 2001. Although some of these cases may be minor, the ones that are serious often have devastating and life-changing trauma on the victim such as spinal or head injuries, lacerations, broken bones, and knee injuries, depending on the circumstances. For example, there was a notable case about a woman who fell on a wrinkled floor mat and broke her arm in the lobby Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The hotel had laid the mat because of rain.
The Common Causes of Slips and Falls in Hotels
People may be surprised at the number of slip-and-fall hazards in hotels. Below are a list of hotel spaces that are prone to causing slips and falls due to the frequency of wet floors.
1. In guest bathrooms.
Accidents can happen in bathrooms due to leaking fixtures, protruding faucets, and lack of safety aids such as grab bars and non-slip strips or mats in the bathtub or shower area. Slips and falls in hotel bathrooms are known to result in serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal injuries, and brain injuries.
A case study by JMW Solicitors LLP from the United Kingdom saw a client who received a £22,000 compensation settlement from the hotel after she slipped and broke her arm in the hotel bathroom due to a defective showerhead fixture leaking water on the bathroom floor, making it wet and slippery.
2. In hotel lobbies.
Hotel lobbies have high footfall and are often crowded during peak holiday periods. Slip and fall accidents often happen due to water spillage or wet floors that were just cleaned. In some extreme cases, there was a news report on a 9-month pregnant lady who slipped on it another guest’s vomit pool and was injured.
In an article released by AsiaOne, a former endurance racing driver was left wheelchair-bound after a fall in a wet hotel lobby at the VIP Hotel in Balmoral Crescent, Singapore. She twisted her ankle and suffered injuries to her left knee.
3. Near swimming pools.
A swimming pool can quickly turn from a place of fun to a place of danger if staff members fail to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the pool perimeter. The surfaces near the pool can become smooth and slippery over time, and stairs leading into the pool need to be marked and maintained routinely.
In Florida, USA; a guest has sued the hotel for injuries sustained from a fall while exiting the hotel pool area. The guest claimed that the fall was caused by a step-down, which created a dangerous condition and in their words, “presented a unique, special hazard”.
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4. On stairways.
Broken and worn stairs, poor lighting, unsteady or broken handrails, or slippery floor tiles are all contributing factors to a slip and fall accident.
5. At the restaurant.
When staff members do not clean up spills and debris, guests are at risk of slipping and falling. Buffets can be especially dangerous with a steady stream of people walking about on the premises with their meals, potentially spilling their food or beverage onto the floors.
In slip and fall cases, hotel liability depends on whether or not the hotel has neglected its responsibilities to its guests. Not only is a hotel expected to maintain its grounds to make them safe for guests, but a hotel is also expected to do routine inspections that prevent potential personal injury incidents before they occur. One of the ongoing responsibilities of a hotel includes preventing slips and falls. If an injury occurs at a hotel or resort as a result of negligence, the injured party is entitled to seek financial compensation.
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