As a property manager of an HOA community, apartment complex, or commercial property, you are always at risk of being exposed to trip hazards. Although, it does you no good if you don’t know what classifies as a trip hazard and how it will affect you. Metro Concrete has been working with different managers from the Bay Area and guiding them towards the best concrete solutions for over 20 years.
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) defines a ‘trip hazard’ as any vertical change of ¼” or more at a joint or crack in walkway surface. Trip hazards are anything that can make an employee, tenant/ homeowners or visitors to slip or fall. This could be raised sidewalks, cracks, or not having non-slip floors near your pool area.
Sidewalks can shift over time and lift due to thermal movement. Especially in California, we can have extremely cold weather and extremely hot weather. They can also be formed due to constant neglect of maintenance.
There have been several documented trip hazard lawsuits that can reach to $1,000,000. Liability coverage is included with most personal home insurance policies. As a property manager, you have the responsibility to provide a safe environment for any visitors, employees, and tenants/ homeowners.
Areas to check for trip hazards:
Along with impeccable services, we provide our clients with the information that they need to be able to identify their problems and make the most effective steps to ensure safety. Metro Concrete is comprised of a competent team that can handle any project. We believe in completing all work in house and doing the work right the first time. Put us through the test!