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PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY IMPEDIMENTS: EDGING AND DESIRE PATHS



Key Takeaways

  • Sidewalk and edging-related falls are a major cause of occupational injuries for courier and delivery occupations.

  • According to the 2020 research estimates from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, there are 18,730 couriers and messengers in addition to 334,810 postal service mail carriers working in the United States.

  • Landscape edging has been determined to be the causative factor in many sidewalk fall accidents.

  • The “open and obvious” legal doctrine is often used by both the plaintiff and defense in landscape injury lawsuits.

  • Lacerations and fracture injuries from falls onto landscape edging are common for humans as well as pets.

  • The toddler age through the late teens and the over 65 year-old populations have the greatest injury rates from landscape edging contact.

Pedestrian Walkway Impediments Edging and Desire Paths
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