New Mexico court says 'Wet Floor' sign is a safety device

The court said the term 'safety device' must be given a broad interpretation

The New Mexico Supreme Court has held that a “Wet Floor” sign is a “safety device” under the New Mexico Workers Compensation Act, according to an article on the Albuquerque Journal website.

In the case in question, a nurse was injured in a fall on a recently mopped floor. Hospital custodians had violated the facility's policy in not placing the signs.

The court had two issues: whether a “Wet Floor” sign was a safety device under the act and whether the employer had “supplied” the device.

The court said the term ‘safety device’ must be given a broad interpretation so as to include any practical or reasonable method of lessening or preventing a specific danger to which a workman is exposed.

Read the article.


January 9, 2015

Topic Area: Maintenance and Operations

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