Business owners and operators know they can be held liable if an employee is injured while working on the jobsite, which is why many companies and corporations go to great lengths to ensure that their workers are properly trained and are working in a secure environment. However, businesses also need to make sure that they are providing their customers with a safe environment.
Possible radiation exposure at Grand Canyon Museum highlights need for customer safety
One National Parks Service employee is alleging that thousands upon thousands of visitors, employees and schoolchildren were potentially exposed to toxic levels of radiation at a museum building on the grounds of the Grand Canyon over the course of nearly 20 years. According to a report published on AZ Central, several five-gallon containers of uranium ore were stored in a museum building, and the radioactive specimens were located in an area frequented by tourists being guided through the various exhibits on display at the Grand Canyon.
Upon the discovery the uranium ore, the specimens were removed from the building. However, the damage had been done, and it's going to be difficult for park officials to determine who was exposed and what impact that exposure had on their overall health and well-being. Some experts predict that adults who were exposed to the radioactive specimens could have been in contact with levels 400 times higher than what is deemed safe, while children may have been exposed at levels 4,000 times higher than what is deemed safe.
This story, which will continue to play out in the months and years ahead, highlights the need for businesses to go above and beyond to protect their customers who frequent their locations. Businesses can be held liable for injuries or damages that occur on the grounds of their business property as a result of neglect.
Tips for keeping customers safe at your place of business
As a business owner, there are several simple steps you can take to protect the customers who interact with your business:
- Invest in preventative maintenance at any brick-and-mortar locations. If you own a restaurant or a local shop, make sure that the premises are maintained so that needless injury does not occur.
- Implement security measures that will protect the private financial information and personal data that your customers use to do business with you online.
- Create and display safety policies and protocols. These reminders can help people keep themselves safe while they do business with you.
What should you do if a customer has been injured on your business property?
In the event that a customer is injured on your property, you will want to get in touch with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. An attorney who specializes in business law can help you collect the facts and evidence necessary to protect yourself from litigation.
The last thing that you want to be faced with is a lawsuit from a customer who claims that they were injured while conducting business with you and that the injury was the result of your negligence. Protect yourself from consumers who are trying to get rich quick off of an unfortunate incident by hiring an attorney who specializes in business law. Contact us today, and set up a consultation appointment where we can discuss the specifics of your case.