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Signs of negligent maintenance at hotels

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2023 | Blog, Premises Liability |

Hotels offer a home away from home, a place to relax, unwind and enjoy a well-deserved vacation or staycation. One important aspect of guest safety is the maintenance of the premises.

Unfortunately, negligent maintenance at hotels can lead to trips or slips and falls, turning a dream vacation into a painful ordeal.

Inadequate lighting

Dimly lit corridors and stairwells can create a hazardous environment, making it difficult for guests to navigate safely. Poor lighting can lead to trips, slips and falls, especially when guests are trying to find their way to their rooms or the hotel’s amenities at night.

Worn or uneven flooring

Flooring is a prime candidate for accidents when hotel staffers do not properly maintain it. Carpets with frayed edges, uneven tiles or loose floorboards can cause unsuspecting guests to trip and fall. Hotel staff should regularly inspect and repair flooring to ensure a safe environment.

Wet and slippery surfaces

From spilled drinks to leaking ceilings, wet and slippery surfaces can be a common cause of accidents in hotels. Failure to address these issues promptly can result in injuries. Hotel staff should use adequate warning signs to notify guests of potential hazards.

Neglected handrails and balustrades

Staircases and balconies are areas where handrails and balustrades are important for guest safety. Neglecting their maintenance can lead to falls. Loose or broken handrails, or missing balusters, pose a serious risk to guests using these facilities.

Uneven pavements and walkways

Hotel staffers should maintain exterior areas, including parking lots, pathways and pool decks, as meticulously as the interior. Cracked or uneven pavements can cause tripping hazards, while neglected pool decks can become dangerously slippery when wet.

Inadequate maintenance of equipment

In June 2022, the hotel room occupancy rate in Maryland was 69.6%. Amenities such as gyms, swimming pools and other recreational facilities can prompt guests to choose a certain hotel over another.

However, staffers should properly take care of these areas and the equipment within. Malfunctioning gym equipment, poorly maintained pool areas or broken poolside furniture can all lead to accidents.

Neglected elevator maintenance

Elevators are a convenient way for guests to access different floors. However, without regular maintenance, they can become unsafe. Malfunctioning doors, erratic movement or failing safety features could result in accidents, including slips and falls.

Negligence in maintenance may result in short-term and long-term injuries for guests. No one wants a vacation to become memorable for the wrong reasons.

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