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Liability with snowy sidewalks falls on owners

Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 09:06 PM EST

 

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio --

Cleaning off cars and sidewalks is becoming as routine as taking out the trash. And though it may be annoying now, it could become more of a pain if you just let it go.

 

Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci said whether it's a business or a home, the property owner is responsible for sidewalks and can be held liable in the case of a slip and fall.

 

"It's absolutely necessary. I don't want anyone out there falling and getting hurt. Whether it's my business owner's liability or not, I just take it as my responsibility," said business owner Vince Restifo.

 

Restifo owns Restifo's Jewelry along Market Street in downtown Steubenville and he said he pays close attention to the sidewalk in front of his store. He told NEWS9 the cost to clean it off is adding up.

 

"The way we've been getting snow, it's almost like every morning or every other day he is out there shoveling. It starts to mount up when you consider three or four times out of a week he has to be here cleaning the sidewalk. And it's a business expense, so it does come out of my pocket," he said.

 

Across the street at Stuff With Attitude, Tara Banks is just shoveling it herself. She said to her, it doesn't matter who is liable. It's just the right thing to do.

 

She said, "what if an old person falls or a little kid slips and falls when all we could do with a few spare minutes in our day is to come and shovel the snow?"

 

 

 

Liability with snowy sidewalks falls on owners


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