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Tips For Preventing Slips and Falls

Restaurant owners and managers face a host of employment challenges that require their attention. As a result of employees’ “great resignation” and the pandemic’s loss of over 800,000 lives in the United States, businesses in the service industry are scrambling to find replacement personnel.

Many restaurants are hiring people who have never worked in the hospitality sector as servers, bartenders, and wait staff. These folks confront a steep learning curve when it comes to handling their new career.

If their previous experience with restaurants had just been as diners, the maze of food storage spaces and food processing sites buried behind the public area may surprise them. They may also be surprised by how slick and dangerous the floors at such establishments may be as a result of the grease used in cooking and frying, the soap used to clean dishes and kitchen surfaces, and even the flooring material utilized.

Slips and falls hurt around 1 million consumers and 3 million restaurant employees each year. Slips and falls are not amusing, despite what you may have seen on those “funny video” television shows. Head injuries, broken bones, hip fractures, lacerations, spinal injuries, and significant burns from stoves or hot food are all possible outcomes. All of these injuries have the potential to cause chronic pain for the remainder of a person’s life. The restaurant sector spends more than $2 billion each year on these injuries, which are on the rise at a rate of 10% each year.

Floor mats made of grease-resistant materials should be used in the kitchen. Spilled liquids and food drain away from the surface through drainage pores in the mat.

Brush-tip mats should be placed at the entrances to sweep dirt and debris off of visitors’ shoes and boots. When it rains or snows, add more highly absorbent mats to the building entrances. Encourage employees to wear non-slip, professional-grade footwear.

It is your responsibility as a restaurant owner or manager to keep your customers, patrons, and employees safe. More information is available in the adjacent material.

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