Trip and Fall/Slip and Fall
All too often, firefighters responding to an emergency situation are confronted with internal staircases and floors fraught with hazards that can cause them to slip and fall. Building owners have a duty to maintain safe entrances and exits — including for the men and women they rely upon in times of disaster.
At times, these issues are created by poor construction. In numerous cases, firefighters slipped because stairwells lacked the proper treads or sufficient banisters.
Moreover, falls are not limited to stairwells. Often, when firefighters enter a building to respond to an emergency, passageways and hallways are strewn with debris. Whether inside a building or at a construction site, codes are in place to protect firefighters and make sure that owners and occupiers maintain these arenas in a reasonably safe condition.
The attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo have decades of experience with this nuanced area of the law.