Slips, trips and falls can occur for various unforeseen reasons at any given time, especially in grocery stores. Slipping over something like a small liquid deposit in a grocery store might seem trivial on its surface, but it can lead to serious injuries and accidents. Because of instances like this, it’s essential to be aware of potential safety hazards in grocery stores and know how to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring.
According to the National Safety Council, 805 workers died in falls in 2020, and 211,640 were injured severely enough to require days off of work. Fractured bones and trauma to limbs can directly result from slips and falls in stores. Customer safety should always be a top priority for grocery stores and employee safety; eliminating potential hazards that might cause fall-related injuries can help ensure the safety of everyone in the store.
Tips To Prevent Falls
There are various hazards to be aware of in grocery stores. Unguarded wet floors and misplaced objects left in walkways are among the most common causes of falls and injuries in stores. To prevent accidents from occurring, you should:
· Maintain walkways that are clear of liquid deposits and objects that might get in the way of customers and employees.
· Use a ladder for any tasks that require you to do so.
· Complete routine safety walks to ensure there are no issues that might cause an accident or injury.
· Display a wet floor sign after mopping to prevent any slips. Additionally, you should mop one aisle of a walkway to allow customers and employees enough room to walk around.
· Report and clean up spills immediately. Doing so can help contain the spill and minimize clean-up efforts.
As an employee, it’s your duty to ensure your place of work is safe and free of hazards so your customers and fellow employees can be protected when moving throughout the store. Keeping an eye out for water deposits, product spills and grease or oil can help prevent severe injuries and, in some cases, deaths.
Be sure to review your insurance policies to ensure you’re adequately protected, and contact Maranatha Tax and Insurance Agency with any additional questions at 352-508-4294.
This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.