Most buildings tend to have their own aesthetic appearance and design. Some property owners decide to go with modern floor tiles, while others prefer a more rustic look with carpets and rugs.
When a building is open to members of the public, the owners have a duty to consider safety. Rugs and carpets may be pleasing to look at, but they also have the potential to be dangerous.
Is the carpet old?
Even the most heavy-duty carpets will eventually suffer from wear and tear, especially if hundreds of people are treading across them each week. The longer these carpets have been there, the greater the risk of there being trip hazards. It only takes a slight tear in the material for a person’s foot to get stuck, resulting in a nasty fall.
Are loose rugs secure?
Loose rugs can be a great addition to the atmosphere of a room, both at home or in a small store. Unfortunately, they can also be dangerous if they are ill-fitting or placed on top of a hard floor. There are some anti-slip materials available that can be placed under rugs so they don’t move around, which significantly decreases the chances of a fall occurring.
Is the floor uneven?
It can cost a considerable amount to fit new flooring. Sometimes, building owners will be tempted to take shortcuts and lay a carpet over an existing floor that is uneven. At first glance, it may be difficult to spot that the floor is uneven, and walkers may find out the hard way by losing their balance and falling over.
The owners of public buildings owe you a legal duty of care. Every possible step should be taken to ensure public safety. If you’ve been hurt because of negligence, seeking legal guidance could help you to obtain some compensation for your injuries.