Trip Hazards — Sidewalks and Driveways

Sidewalk Trip Hazard

Trip hazard

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) defines a trip hazard as any vertical change of ¼” or more at a joint or crack.  As we remove the trip hazard, we grind back 12 inches for every 1-inch in height differential in order to provide a nice even slope that complies with ADA standards.

Federal Law Requirements

Sidewalk Trip Hazard

Trip hazard removed

Federal law requires the removal of all trip hazards from all pedestrian walkways. Because the ADA demands compliance, trip hazards present a legal liability. By eliminating trip hazards, property owners reduce their legal liability. The most efficient and cost effective method of removing trip hazards is concrete grinding.