Getting around for those who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), trip hazards are defined as a change in any vertical level over 1/4″. For people with disabilities, trip hazards are a serious issue.
ADA trip hazard specifications apply to all federal, state, county, and municipal facilities. A lot of homeowners associations, condo associations, and nursing homes have similar ADA guidelines. The most common ADA trip hazards are found on broken or lifted sidewalks and driveways, usually at joints or cracks. It becomes increasingly difficult to travel on cracked sidewalks, driveways, pathways, and handicap ramps. Regular sidewalk maintenance reduces trip hazards by maintaining a smooth, clean walkway. Cracks and lifts need to be fixed to ensure safe travel. Companies like Concrete Polyfix can help reduce costly repairs by raising the unlevel concrete and keeping walkway panels even, eliminating the potential trip hazard.