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How to Reduce Parking Lot Accidents

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Do you know what the largest claim type is for Society Insurance? If you guessed slips, trips and falls you’d be correct. In terms of frequency and overall claim cost to Society Insurance policyholders, slip, trip and fall claims account for approximately 44% of overall claims. That being said, there are a number of steps both employees and employers can take to mitigate the risks of parking lot accidents. Obviously, during the winter months it’s not uncommon for there to be snow and ice in parking lots, but there are many other factors contributing to slips and falls in parking lots—all of which business owners should plan for.

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The Importance of Proper Restaurant Grease Removal for Kitchen Floors

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

With 44% of Society Insurance claims related to slip and fall accidents, you can’t afford to bury your head in the sand. Even the best slip-resistant shoes may not completely eliminate the risks associated with a greasy restaurant kitchen floor. For this reason, it’s critical that every food serving establishment have an employee training program and written floor cleaning procedures for restaurant grease removal. Since greasy restaurant kitchen floors can have a significant impact on safety and cleanliness, be sure to stay current with, and abide by, manufacturer guidelines for the chemical cleaners your business utilizes. Removing grease from kitchen floors should be top priority when completing nightly cleaning procedures in any restaurant or food serving pub.

Ensuring your business has floor cleaning procedures in place is just the beginning. Here is what every restaurant manager should know about slip and falls and restaurant grease removal.

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Slip and Fall Accidents: What are floor audits and how can Society help you?

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls
A loss analysis of Society Insurance claims determined that slip and fall accidents on a level surface are Society’s number one source of loss for our Workers Compensation and General Liability customers.

Slips and fall accidents can cause painful injuries that may need immediate medical treatment from emergency medical services. These injuries can also cause permanent disability. It is not a pleasant image when an ambulance has to come to your business to treat and transport an injured customer or employee. This is certainly not the experience that a customer or employee was expecting when they came to visit your business or when they started their work day. (more…)

Wet Floor Signs: Tips & Regulations

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls
Wet floor signs are used to notify and/or remind people of slip and fall hazards in the immediate area.  These hazards include the presence of liquid or other slippery substance on the walking surface as a result of routine cleaning, accidental spills, product leaks, or presence of inclement weather conditions. Proper use of wet floor signs clearly communicates the hazard, and reduces the potential for slips and falls.

Careful consideration of the following five issues can increase the effectiveness of wet floor signage: (more…)

Reduce Slips and Falls at Your Grocery or Convenience Store

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls
One of the greatest risks grocery and convenience stores face is oftentimes right under your feet: slippery floors. In a study conducted by the National Safety Council over 8 million annual emergency hospital visits result from slips and falls. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these incidents also lead the country in workers compensation claims and rank as the second highest cause of accidental death.

Grocery and convenience stores are especially susceptible to wet floors because of heavy foot traffic, spillage and leaks from refrigerators. If an employee or customer happened to slip and injure themself while on your premises, your business could be held responsible. (more…)

Slip & Trip Employee Safety Education with a Smile

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls
Let me introduce Napo. Napo is the star of an animated series of video shorts that center on a worker who finds himself in situations over which he has no control, identifies hazards or risks, and then makes good suggestions to improve safety and work organization. These videos combine humor and wordless language for universal work-safety education.

Let’s talk about slips and trips.

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Slip and Fall Claims from a Liability Perspective

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls
Did you know the largest single claim type, in terms of frequency and overall claim cost to Society Insurance insureds, is the slip/trip and fall claim? In 2014 alone this type of loss was close to 50% for both liability claims received and liability payments. How do you tackle such a giant loss leader you ask?  I think of it this way; the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Let’s break this down, one bite at a time. (more…)

Taking Control of Slip and Fall Risks

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls
Have you ever slipped, tripped or fallen? Perhaps you have watched a television show where a slip, trip and fall was the punch line for a joke. Slips, trips and falls are no joke, however, and rank among the most frequent types of accidents, second only to motor-vehicle accidents as a cause of death. According to recent information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they are second in the number of disabling injuries in occupations, accounting for nearly 25 percent of all disabling injuries.
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A Slippery Situation: Cleaning Restaurant Kitchen Floors

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls
One of the most significant areas of loss in the restaurant environment is slips and falls. The commercial kitchen environment presents special challenges and requires special care to provide a safe working surface. The methods used to clean the kitchen floor are very important, but many times sufficient consideration is not given to the chemicals used in the cleaning process. Properly controlling the grease on kitchen floors is critical for maintaining a safe kitchen, but also keeps it from being tracked into public areas where customers could be impacted. (more…)

Slip-Resistant Shoes for Employees

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls
Did you know that slip, trip and falls are the most common cause of workplace injury, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all reported injuries? The National Safety Council estimates that more than $70 billion is spent annually for worker’s compensation and medical costs linked to falls that occur at work – and when it comes to accidental deaths, only motor vehicle accidents outrank slip, trip and falls. Slip-resistant shoes can help businesses reduce worker’s compensation claims, eliminate workdays lost due to injury, and retain employee productivity.

So, why so many slip and falls? (more…)