When most workers hear the word fall, they think of people slipping off a ladder, tumbling off a roof or plunging from some other great height.
Yet, the reality is falls-from-the-same-level or slips, trips and falls injury more workers every year than falls to a lower level.
According to the 2011 Liberty Mutual Safety Index in 2009 slips, trips and falls was the second leading cause of all workplace injuries, accounting for more than $ 7.94 billion in fiscal impact. In fact the average cost of a same-level-fall is more than $20,000.
This article will examine how to eliminate some of the more common causes of slips trips and falls in your restaurant.
Wet or Slippery Surfaces
Wet or slippery surfaces are a major cause of workplace slips. High risk areas for slippery surfaces in a restaurant include areas around refrigeration units, dishwashing areas, cooking areas and exterior areas near grease traps.
To minimize the probability of a slip in these areas consider the following options:
Changes in Elevation or Surface Texture
A change in elevation is a major cause of a workplace trip. These changes can be as minor as a ¼ inch.
Changes in elevation are mostly eliminated through administrative controls; however here are some steps to take to minimize tripping hazards.
A third common cause of workplace slips, trips and falls is inadequate lighting. Moving from a well-lit area to a darker area or vice versa can cause temporary vision problems that might be just enough to cause a person to slip on spilled liquid or trip over a misplaced object.
To prevent this type of hazard ensure all areas of your establishment are properly lit. Always keep work areas and walkways well lit
In conclusion the prevention of slips, trips and falls in the workplace requires participation of ownership, management and employees.
These people must buy into training, report issues and follow housekeeping practices. If you would like more information on developing a fall prevention program or fall prevention training feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.