ADA Compliance and Rules
Precision Concrete Cutting helps customers return to ADA compliance by repairing sidewalks every day. Read on to learn more.
Owning a business, especially one operated adjacent to a path or sidewalk means you have a responsibility as a property manager to know when you are meeting ADA standards. The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, is responsible for setting regulations that one must meet in order to accommodate people who have particular conditions that prevent them from accessing buildings, or even websites, without additional assistance.
For starters, knowing who is protected under the ADA is a good first step to understanding how to accommodate them. Those individuals who have the following common impairments are generally the ones protected under this act:
Hearing loss and deafness
Vision loss and blindness
Mobility impairments that require the use of wheelchairs, canes, or walkers
Learning disabilities that limit the person’s ability to speak, write, reason, or listen
Special conditions such as pregnancy or cancer
Suppose that as a business owner, you are aware of all of these accommodations and begin to implement them. This could include the addition of accessible parking, service animals, sign language interpreters, and more. But there is also the off-chance that something out of your control results in non-compliance with these ADA standards. If your sidewalk cracks or becomes damaged, resulting in trip hazards, then you have to also apply these regulations to how you will go about repairing or replacing the walkway. There has to be a slope of 1:12 on sidewalk panels and handicap-accessible areas in order for those with walking aids to be able to traverse it.
The result of not adhering to these standards could result in serious ADA violations. They include violations not only made in hiring a disabled person, by not accommodating to an impaired employee properly, but they also extend to the public, transportation, or even housing violations, such as not having a wheelchair ramp, no handrails, discrimination or harassment, and failure to design facilities that are accessible to disabled people.
Whenever one has to evaluate whether they are ADA compliant or have to fix their concrete walkways for any other reason, it’s always best to call a professional. Precision Concrete Cutting will advise on what needs to be accomplished and can make sidewalk repairs with the safest, cleanest, and most efficient method.
There is no better way to eliminate liability than by calling Precision Concrete Cutting. Serving the Greater San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey Bay, Central Valley, and North Bay regions, they will deliver complete customer satisfaction by getting your sidewalk fixed. Call 866-792-8006 for an estimate today.