Escalators in shopping centers and department stores are often a welcome relief for shoppers who are weary from walking. They can also be dangerous. Because an escalator is typically designed as an entire metal staircase looping around itself, it is easy for shoelaces, pieces of clothing or body parts to be pulled under the stairs, causing great injury. Without proper maintenance, older escalators may leave businesses open to premises liability claims.
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Holiday parties are a great time for co-workers to let their hair down and enjoy each other's company in an environment more casual than the office or job site. Offering employees food and drinks is also a common way for Pennsylvania business owners and managers to show their appreciation to employees who have worked hard all year. However, office parties can also open a company to premises liability lawsuits if certain precautions are not taken.
The housing authority in one Pennsylvania city is proud that it has renovated and repaired hundreds of the properties under its ownership. However, there are thousands of buildings that have been deemed unsafe or even in imminent danger of collapse by local building inspectors. Over a hundred of these are owned by that city's housing authority, putting the agency at risk for premises liability claims.
Even though cartoons and comedies use it as a go-to gag, slipping on a banana peel is anything but funny if it results in injury. Slip and fall accidents can lead to broken bones, neck and back problems or concussions, among other injuries. While it is important for Pennsylvania businesses to provide a safe and hazard-free environment for their customers and employees, in the event of an accident, it is not always easy to prove premises liability.