Since the pandemic, restaurants and food services have recovered and things are back to normal. That’s great for businesses across the country. However, the likelihood of restaurant slip trip and fall injuries also increases as more employees are hired and more cleaning is needed.
This means that the restaurant industry owners and managers will need to have effective safety guidelines and equipment to protect their employees and patrons. If restaurants’ kitchen, dish area, and dining safety are neglected, workers can encounter more opportunities for slip, trip, and fall accidents. If serious injuries occur, such as broken bones or head injuries, workers think about suing restaurants for negligence or to be compensated for their pain and loss of income. That is far more costly than taking proper precautions and providing the right safety equipment to prevent these scenarios.
All it takes is one quick slip to cause serious accidents. Some of the kitchen areas that commonly cause slipping and falling accidents are wet floors, a greasy floor, an uneven floor, or an uneven buckling floor mat that’s there to prevent falls can send a worker or restaurant guest to the hospital. It can also create negative publicity, expensive compensations, and even increase the restaurant’s insurance premium. Knowing how to take the proper precautionary safety measures can keep employees and guests safe is not only smart it’s economical.
When the kitchen floor, service and dining areas are wet or damp, which they often are, it increases the chances of workers having a slip, trip & fall accident. Proper kitchen floor maintenance is essential in controlling slipping and falling risks. Your workers and your patrons are your most valuable assets. Some of the easy safety tips below can be used daily to keep restaurant workers safe and reduce slip trip and fall accidents.
Here are some easy precautionary measures that can be taken to prevent restaurant kitchen and dining areas’ slip trip and fall accidents:
- Sweep the floor often to clear out debris and food items in the kitchen and dining areas
- Keep the walkways clear and dry
- Mop the kitchen floor, dining room floor, and bathroom floor with a diluted cleaning solution more than once a day
- Use a different mop for the greasy kitchen floors
- Use a degreaser to clean the kitchen floor and rinse or mop with hot water to prevent slipping accidents
- Remember to wash the mop head after each use
- Make sure to allow enough space between walkways and dining tables
- Mop up spills right away, don’t just put up a sign
- Use “Wet Floor” signs after mopping to increase people’s awareness and caution and safety cones in perpetually wet areas
- Hold safety classes for crew members and talk about prevention and what to do in the event of an injury
- Train new employees in the importance of preventing restaurant slip trip and fall
- Identify and make corrections to all the possible slipping and tripping hazards
- Adequate drainage is a must. Make sure that all drain covers all working properly. If the drain covers have come off recently, it can cause wet and slippery floors. Replacing the drain cover will be an effective solution. a safe drain should be free from any food debris and blockage.
- Maintain the drain areas free of food spills and liquid spills. Be sure to clean up and mop immediately when spills occur
- Color coding the cleaning tools for specific usages and train employees to use the correct tools for cleaning up the different hazardous zones
- Ensure visitors to the back of the house, like vendors, inspectors and area managers put on non-slip overshoes
Reasons to Wear Safety Shoes or Safety Overshoes for Restaurant Slip Trip and Fall Prevention
When walking one needs to have friction with the surface to prevent falling accidents. A “Coefficient of Friction” measures and describes simply how much force is needed to move an object on a certain surface. A zero coefficient or no traction or gripping of the surface while walking means that the person is very likely to slip and fall. When the coefficient number is higher than 0.5-0.6, the person is likely to have a good traction and good slip resistant functions that can help to minimize slip trip and fall accidents.
Tiger Grip Nonslip overshoes have very big grip coefficient designed to prevent slipping and falling accidents. For slip resistant against oil and greasy surfaces, the Safety Standard ISO 13287SRB recommends 0.18 “Coefficient of Friction”. Tiger Grip’s Easy Grip non-slip overshoes are designed and engineered to have up to 0.62 “Coefficient of Friction”. For Glycerin and Water, the Normal ISO 13287 Standards recommends 0.32 “Coefficient of Friction”, or “COF”. Tiger Grip’s nonslip Easy Grip overshoes have a superior “COF” of up to 0.54 for glycerin and put to 0.62 for water. The high Coefficient of Friction and traction engineered by Tiger Grip can prevent slip trip and fall accidents, keep workers safe, and most importantly, help to prevent dangerous accidents that mean lost time and big expenses.
For safety protection for your workers, equipment like Tiger Grip nonslip overshoes are proven to prevent costly restaurant slip trip and fall accidents. The Nonslip shoes will help solve all the problems in slippery areas and keep workers and managers comfortable and safe all day. In some cases, they even replace heavy steel toe boots.
Our revolutionary, titanium toe Tiger Grip nonslip overshoes are used in restaurants all across the United States for their superior protection in preventing restaurant slip trip and fall accidents. To see all our non-slip overshoes, follow this link.