If someone that has walked into a place of business slips and falls, the victim of that slip and fall incident can sue the property owner. Yet if the sued business owner can prove that he or she had implemented a reasonable system for keeping the location of that enterprise safe, then the plaintiff’s case becomes much weaker.
If the same business owner can prove, as well, that all of the company’s employees adhere to the established system, then the plaintiff seems certain to lose his or her case. Thus the trick that will most help the property owner involves producing the required proof. The existence of such proof becomes evident, if the sued business owner can demonstrate utilization of the following strategies.
Clean up strategies that must be included in a formal presentation
• The property owner has demonstrated a serious attitude, with regard to caring for the property’s floor.
• Arrangements had been made for the flooring to get cleaned on a regular basis, typically each night.
• The cleaned floor got inspected by the manager every morning.
• Others had been assigned the duty of inspecting the floors and then sweeping or mopping any dirty or wet area.
• A log was being used, in order to record the time when a given floor had been swept of mopped.
• A log was also being used, in order to record the name of the person that had done the sweeping or mopping.
• The people who had their names entered in the log could easily gain access to supply rooms, which had been place in a strategic location.
Courts’ attention has focused on mention of log
The strategies listed got adopted after the jury in one court had to reach a decision on a difficult slip and fall case. During hearings for that case, the judge tended to focus on the mention of a log. Consequently, any mention of logging could help a property owner to gain recognition for his or her readiness to keep a given area clean. Consequently, courts have failed to investigate the procedures used to train the people in charge of cleaning the floors, and the degree to which the supply rooms got filled with the necessary supplies and cleaning equipment.
The significance of such failures
A court might note the existence of a log and thus assume that the system used to keep flooring clean was adequate. As a result, a court might not inquire about the extent to which each employee had been made familiar with the established system. In addition, a court might assume that each of the property’s supply rooms was indeed well-equipped. A good personal injury lawyer in Calgary would work to fill in the court-created gaps.