Restaurant Safety

In today’s environment of litigation, a slip and fall accident can devastate your bottom line. Restaurant Owners need to be proactive in protecting their guests, employees and themselves.
 

FACT: Each year, more than 3 million food service employees and 1 million guests are injured as the result of a slip-and-fall accident. It is estimated that the food service industry spends more than $2 billion each year for such injuries and is rising by 10% every year.

According to the National Restaurant Association, slips and falls are the greatest source of general liability claims within the restaurant industry.
- Busche,Linda -"Slip and Fall Claims Lead the List of General Liability Insurance Claims." Restaurant Insurance Corp. 12/6/04 , CNA Slip and Fall Study, June 2007

 The following is from the National Floor Safety Institute's Restaurant Slip-and-Fall Accident Prevention Program

In a recent poll taken of restaurant designers, the top five reasons for selecting a specific flooring material were:

1. Appearance

2. Cost

3. Ease of maintenance

4. Durability

5. Safety

When the direct cost of insurance, coupled with the growing number of accident claims and lawsuits are entered into the equation, safety quickly became number one! And with proper floor maintenance comes further cost reductions and enhanced appearance.

Most slips and falls that occur in the food service industry are directly caused by wet or otherwise dangerous floors.

 
This is where we can help!

Our state of the art chemical treatments create a sophisticated invisible tread pattern into the floor or walkway making them safe even when wet without any change in appearance!

Hazard Identification:

The posting of wet floor signs is an important step in preventing guest slips and falls. But can they be misused? Absolutely! In fact, in a recent study on the use of wet floor signs, it was found that most people tended to ignore them. Why? Because they were always out, even when the floor was not wet. The study revealed that 65% of the time you see a wet floor sign, the floor is not wet.

                                      

Many business owners admit to such practice with the belief that such use assures them of a better defense in the event of a slip-and-fall lawsuit, Un-true. While the law requires that a property owner posts a warning in the event of a known hazard, the “failure to warn” rule also states that posting a warning when no such hazard exists is, itself, a bad practice.

                                                       
If your floors do not meet ADA requirements for slip resistance you are at risk! Our treatments are guaranteed to meet or exceed these requirements thus reducing your liability. We can also perform quarterly, semi-annual, or annual audits of your floors slip resistance!

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