Helpful Tips for Injury Prevention Month
Slip-and-fall accidents are a major source of loss for restaurants, bars, brewpubs and craft breweries. As April is Injury Prevention Month, it is a good time to review safety procedures and take measures to prevent injuries at your business.
Slip-and-fall accidents can cause painful injuries that may need immediate medical treatment from emergency medical services, and that is certainly not the experience a customer or employee wants when they come to visit a business or when they start their workday.
One way to reduce slip and fall accidents is to conduct a floor or walkway audit. This is done by reviewing floor cleaning procedures, the use of floor mats, maintenance and repair of floor surfaces, and advocating non-slip footwear programs for employees. Completing a floor audit and developing a plan to improve floor traction will help to prevent costly customer and employee slip and fall accident claims.
Once the audit is complete, it is time to take action. Managers must take an active approach and hold the staff accountable for slip and fall prevention methods. This includes educating staff on how to recognize hazards and how to report slip and fall accidents promptly to management. It is also important to cover how to properly clean flooring surfaces.
Slip and falls can be a significant problem for a business, but by implementing these protocols business owners can take a proactive approach to reduce the number of accidents and the severity of injuries.
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