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5 Considerations for Effective Wet Floor Signs

This entry is part 1 of 11 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 2 of 11 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 3 of 11 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 4 of 11 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 5 of 11 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 6 of 11 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 7 of 11 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…)

Falls Are Not Funny

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

The National Floor Safety Institute is focused on providing the general public with an educated awareness to the problems of slip and fall injuries. There are many preventive measures that can help to avoid these terrible accidents. It only takes one fall to completely alter the life of a victim.

Slip and fall accidents happen every day and should be a significant cause of concern in both the summer and winter months. In 2009, the total costs of slip and fall accidents was $60 billion, but that number has continued to rise. Today, these accidents account for nearly $80 billion.

Injuries as a result of a slip, trip or fall are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits. Unfortunately, the general public is sometimes led to believe all slip, trip and fall injuries are scams. This is not true. There are preventive strategies that can help reduce the frequency of these types of accidents, in turn reducing the number of injuries. (more…)

Prevent Slips and Falls with a Floor Mat Program

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
How do we prevent a fall?
Clean floors can help with that,
And don’t forget the floor mat!

The average person walks over 8,000 steps a day. All it takes is one slip and fall and your life could be changed in an instant. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI): “Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of the total falls.” What can we do as employers to protect our employees and customers from slips and falls? One of the best places to start is with a proper floor mat program. (more…)

Preventing Summer Slips, Trips and Falls

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Everyone knows to be careful during the winter months when temperatures dip below freezing and there’s snow or ice on the ground.

What people often neglect to consider is that hazards still exist in the summer months, both indoors and outdoors. In fact, it’s the element of surprise that can make summer slips, trips and falls more severe than those that occur in winter.

Slips, trips and falls are the second-leading cause of employee injury nationally, with these types of injuries increasing by 41 (more…)