Whether you are a business owner in charge of employees, a building owner with one or more tenants, or even just a homeowner with frequent guests, it is important to keep your premises safe. Failure to ensure safety on your property could cause others to hold you liable for injuries that occur on your property. With the proper planning and maintenance, you can ensure you have done everything possible to prevent injury and keep visitors to your property safe.
While some buildings contain more complex machinery than others do, all buildings can benefit from regular inspection and maintenance. Even something as simple as an AC or heating unit should be inspected regularly. Consider inspecting floorboards and steps for small tripping hazards and do everything possible to repair or clearly mark places that could cause injury. Regularly inspecting your building and equipment by creating an inspection checklist can go a long way in preventing injuries.
It can be tempting to skimp on security measures in order to keep costs low, but installing security technology can make an enormous difference during an emergency. Video cameras on the outer perimeter of a building can help warn those inside of a dangerous situation before it reaches them. Implementing a text message alert system could also help keep everyone informed. Security technology helps spread important information in critical moments, allowing you to do everything possible to help people in your building. Another thing to consider is who should have access to your building, and whether a simple lock and key is enough to keep the wrong people out.
If an emergency ever does occur, you need to be ready to respond. It is a good idea to have multiple plans, one accounting for every type of situation that could occur at your building. These can include a fire plan, a severe weather plan, and an evacuation plan in the case of an intruder. Building owners of any kind–even homeowners–need to be prepared to respond in these kinds of situations and should account for workers and any invited guests who may be inside the building.
A property owner has a responsibility to their visitors. If you have were injured because a property owner failed to keep you safe, then you have a right to compensation for your suffering. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our experienced and compassionate lawyers will fight aggressively to get you the outcome you deserve. Please do not hesitate to contact our New York City offices at (212) 779-0057 to discuss the details of your case.
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