As the weather gets colder, businesses in Schenectady and across the state of New York will be preparing to keep customers safe from slipping in snowy, icy and wet conditions. They might repair potholes, stock up on de-icing salt and find out which local snow plows are ready for business. However, it is not only slips and falls that store owners and apartment managers need to worry about, when it comes to their parking lots and walking surfaces. You might also face hazards from trash that has not been properly disposed of.
Needles that may be discarded by drug users are one of the most frightening and serious hazards that you could encounter in a public place. Recently, a woman from South Carolina was awarded more than $4.6 million in a lawsuit against Target after an injury from a hypodermic needle that her daughter found in the store’s parking lot. According to CBS News, the woman swatted the needle out of her daughter’s hand and was stuck in the palm. She claimed to suffer further injury after having to take medication to ward off a possible HIV infection from the needle stick.
Hypodermic needles are not the only dangers you might face from trash that has not been cleared from a parking lot. Broken glass, noxious chemicals and bodily waste are other items that can cause a serious health and safety hazard. It is possible for any of these waste products to fall out of a trash receptacle or to be tossed onto the ground by a careless customer. Property owners will need to make sure their parking lots and trash disposal areas are free of debris, for the safety of their customers and tenants.