Â Falls from slips and trips are among the most common hazards in the restaurant industry.Â According to the National Safety Council, over 275,000 injuries and nearly 800 deaths among U.S. general industries were caused by slips, trips, and falls in 2008. In fact, slips, trips and falls represent the most common causes of workplace injury after motor vehicle accidents. Â
Slips trips and falls can result in head injuries, back injuries, broken bones, cuts and lacerations, or sprained muscles.Â In the years 2007-2008, the average workersâ€™ compensation cost for a slip/trip/fall was $21,500.Â This exceeds the average cost of other injuries by 14%!
The following are some simple ways to reduce the probability of a slip and/or fall on wet or slippery floors:
- Install slip-resistant floor surface or use anti-skid adhesive tape in high traffic areas.
- Use absorbent matting in entrance ways during inclement weather or in areas where walkers may pass through puddles. (Note: unanchored mats may cause slip hazards themselves. Make sure that matting lays flat and that the backing material is slip resistant.).
- Maintain good housekeeping throughout all work areas. Utilize trash receptacles for the disposing of trash, food debris and other items which might wind up on floors.
- Immediately clean up spills and leaks. Place caution signs to warn employees and/or patrons of slippery surfaces or other slip/trip hazards.
- Develop written procedures to handle spills and ensure they are reported and cleaned up immediately.Â Regular, frequent inspections of working and walking areas should be conducted to identify hazards which could cause slips, trips and falls.
- Wear proper footwear for better traction on slippery surfaces.
- Use handrails or other stable objects that you can hold on to in paths of travel.Â Â