Property owners in Pennsylvania and across the country are expected to provide a reasonably safe environment for visitors. In workplaces open to the public, such as malls and shopping centers, this is especially important because there are often areas where danger is inherent. People who are responsible for these properties are wise to follow common sense precautions to insure the safety of customers and employees and thus avoid premises liability claims.
Property owners who create a dangerous condition or do not correct a hazard they know exists may be held liable for any injuries that result from that hazard. Making periodic checks for spills or other risks is one way to reduce the number of accidents on the property. If the hazard cannot be corrected immediately, property owners are advised to use signage, barriers or other methods of alerting the public to the danger. Areas too dangerous for the public should be secured and perhaps monitored with cameras.