A business owner, government authority or householder may be liable in negligence to persons suffering injury as a result of a slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. There must be an unreasonable failure to remove slip or trip hazards from floors or stairways of the business, government or household premises. A supermarket operator may be liable in negligence for failing to arrange for cleaners to routinely inspect floors and remove spillages or erect warning signs.
An occupier of premises will not be liable in negligence under the civil liability legislation for failing to warn of the presence of slip or trip hazards that represent an “obvious risk.”
This area of law is complex and each public liability case will require a careful analysis of the facts and circumstances before proceedings are commenced.