This case study delves into an incident where an individual suffered injuries from a slip and fall at a hotel-hosted New Year's Eve party. The event was organized by a third-party entity that had rented space within the hotel.
The injured party, having purchased a ticket for admission to this event, slipped on a section of the floor that had been recently mopped by the hotel staff. This case seeks insights from an expert in hotel management, with particular emphasis on safety standards during events hosted by third parties.
Questions to the Hotel expert and their responses
Can you describe your experience in hotel management, particularly regarding safety standards at third-party-hosted events similar to the NYE party described above?
With 32 years of experience in hotel management under my belt, I have extensive knowledge about implementing safety and security procedures during such events. My expertise includes ensuring safety after spills or cleaning activities, which is directly relevant to this case.
What are the standard safety measures for recently mopped floors in such settings?
In situations involving recently mopped floors, there are stringent safety measures that should be followed. At the very least, wet floor signs should be placed around the cleaned area.
Ideally, these signs should form a square around the wet area. If the spill or wet area is more significant, additional precautions such as roping off the area along with wet floor signage should be employed.
Have you ever reviewed cases similar to this one? If so, could you elaborate without breaching confidentiality agreements?
While I cannot disclose specific details due to confidentiality agreements, I can confirm that I have reviewed cases involving slip and fall incidents at hotels where proper safety measures were not adequately implemented.
About the expert
This expert boasts nearly three decades of experience in hotel management, with a strong background in finance. Their extensive career includes involvement in over 40 hotel remodels and grand openings for both large and smaller chain hotels, as well as holding high-ranking positions at renowned hospitality companies. Currently, they provide their expertise as an independent hospitality executive consultant, making them highly qualified to comment on safety standards and operational procedures within the industry.
About the author
Zach Barreto is a distinguished professional in the legal industry, currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Research at the Expert Institute. With a deep understanding of a broad range of legal practice areas, Zach's expertise encompasses personal injury, medical malpractice, mass torts, defective products, and many other sectors. His skills are particularly evident in handling complex litigation matters, including high-profile cases like the Opioids litigation, NFL Concussion Litigation, California Wildfires, 3M earplugs, Elmiron, Transvaginal Mesh, NFL Concussion Litigation, Roundup, Camp Lejeune, Hernia Mesh, IVC filters, Paraquat, Paragard, Talcum Powder, Zantac, and many others.
Under his leadership, the Expert Institute’s research team has expanded impressively from a single member to a robust team of 100 professionals over the last decade. This growth reflects his ability to navigate the intricate and demanding landscape of legal research and expert recruitment effectively. Zach has been instrumental in working on nationally significant litigation matters, including cases involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, toxic chemical exposure, and wrongful death, among others.
At the Expert Institute, Zach is responsible for managing all aspects of the research department and developing strategic institutional relationships. He plays a key role in equipping attorneys for success through expert consulting, case management, strategic research, and expert due diligence provided by the Institute’s cloud-based legal services platform, Expert iQ.
Educationally, Zach holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and European History from Vanderbilt University.