A wet floor is often difficult to detect, and its slippery surface can cause unexpected tumbles and falls. These falls can result in serious injuries and liability expenses for the floor's owner. Wet floor safety is essential to maintaining a safe walking area.


According to Pegasus Cleanroom Services, there are more than 460 workplace deaths reported each year that are directly related to a slip or fall on a wet floor. Wet floor falls do not always cause death, but often cause injuries--some of which are severe. Wet floor falls do not occur only in the workplace; schools, restaurants, stores and even homes can be responsible for unsafe slippery surfaces.


Avoid wet floors by cleaning up all liquids on floors, including the smallest leaks and spills. Clearly mark all wet floors with standard "Caution: Wet floor" signs. Keep floors well-lit to help expose damp floors to passersby. At home, install mats and rugs in rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom that are most likely to have wet floors from time to time. Elderly people may benefit from grip bars and wearing nonslip slippers or shoes.


A slip and fall incident occurring from recklessness--in this case, unmarked wet floors--can lead to a law suit. The accident victim can sue the establishment or homeowner for medical recovery costs resulting from injuries if he can prove that his fall was due to negligence. For employers, worker's compensation insurance usually pays these costs for employees who fall while on the job. Liability insurance usually covers a customer's fall at a business, and on some insurance policies, homeowner's insurance will pay for domestic slip and fall accidents.