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Baseball season means spilled drinks and possible falls. Caution!

There are some who say that the Baltimore Orioles haven't been the same since Cal Ripken retired. Regardless of whether that's true or not the team continues to attract crowds to Camden Yards. Another season of play is just getting under way and with it comes hazards that most fans might never consider.

There is the odd chance of getting beaned by a foul ball. There is an even odder chance that someone could get clocked by a bat that flies out of the hands of a batter. What is perhaps a more common source of possible serious personal injury are spilled drinks. Everyone probably knows that wet floors mean slippery floors. If the spill happens on one of the ramps that are often part of a stadium's construction, the problem can be worse.

Stadium operators, like all property owners, have an obligation to make sure that guests are as safe as they can be. If spills happen, there are usually policies in place that require staff to put out warning signs so that fans don't slip and fall. But policies can be overlooked as appears to have happened in Houston.

A man there is suing the Houston Astros claiming the team failed to provide a safe stadium environment. His allegation stems from an April 7, 2010, disaster in which he slipped and fell on a wet ramp while he was trying to get to this seat for a game. According to his filing, a security guard came to the man's assistance after he took his tumble and apologized on behalf of the stadium staff. He said someone should have put up a sign to alert spectators to the hazardous conditions.

The man is seeking an undisclosed amount for damages and court costs.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Spring man sues after slip, fall during Astros game," Glenna Herald, April 10, 2012

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