Many people in Berks County use stairs daily without giving it a second thought. Stairs can be a fast way to get from one floor to another, and using them can help people get in shape. The convenience of stairs can quickly turn into a nightmare, however, if a user slips and falls while using the stairs.
If stairs are not properly maintained, the party responsible may face liability. This blog post will describe some of the problems that can arise while using stairs. These problems often are the fault of the party in charge of maintaining the stairs.
First of all, stairs can wear out with age and lack of repair. Stone and concrete stairs can become rounded and unstable as they get older. The lumber in wooden stairs can wear out and break, and the carpet on carpeted stairs can wear out or tear. All of these conditions could lead to injury if they are not attended to.
Another problem is stairs that are wet and slippery. Sometimes the cleaning staff does not do an adequate job of cleaning up water after cleaning. Sometimes water spills onto stairs and the cleaning staff ignores the situation. If the weather is cold enough, ice can form on stairs. If no one removes the water or ice in a reasonable time, a person could slip and injure themselves.
Handrails can make stairs safer by allowing users to steady themselves while ascending or descending. A handrail cannot work if it isn't there or isn't usable, however.
By keeping stairs in good physical condition and by quickly cleaning up water and ice, stair owners can avoid liability.