The restaurant industry has always been one of the most highly competitive fields. New restaurants open on a regular basis, driving others to explore creative options to keep their customers happy. This is often accomplished by expanding menus and exploring alternate cooking methods. In recent years, meat smoking has grown in popularity and the once regional staple can now be found offered in various restaurants across the country. Without question, a meat smoker may be responsible for some of your favorite tender, flavor-filled recipes. It’s an incredible asset and moneymaker, but it can also be hazardous if not properly maintained. A cooking equipment fire can cause insurmountable damage to your staff and operation. Properly cleaning a meat smoker is crucial for fire prevention, as well as maintaining proper health standards.(more…)
Restaurants and commercial kitchens are filled with equipment that have the potential to cause injuries such as crushed or maimed hands, severe burns, and more. Workplace accidents happen all the time – over 5,000 people died while on-the-job in 2018. This is why organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were created: to prevent workplace injuries by improving conditions and safety regulations. One of the most vital workplace safety requirements is machine safeguarding.
Visit our Risk Control Library for additional safety resources for restaurants.(more…)
Have you ever slipped, tripped or fallen at work? 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 the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “26% of the 8982,730 nonfatal work injuries resulting in days away from work in 2017 were related to slips, trips, and falls. With 44% of Society Insurance claims are related to slips and falls (general liability and workers compensation), businesses can’t afford to not take additional precautions when it comes to cleaning up spills in the workplace.(more…)
When you own or manage a bar, you work every day to make sure every service goes smoothly and without issue. However, each patron who enters your establishment brings different ideas, interpersonal skill sets, prejudices, and emotions with them—add alcohol to the situation and your business is at an increased risk of an incident. Eventually conflict can happen.
It is up to the bar staff and management to use different skill sets to prevent, minimize or mitigate any conflict that might arise. Strong conflict resolution skills make all the difference and can help guide service back on track – and successfully defusing a situation is more mental skill than muscle.(more…)
The holiday season yields plenty of opportunities to spread cheer, merriment and show gratitude to those that play significant roles in your life – including your employees. One of the most appreciated ways to express this is by giving the green light to let loose and socialize. We’re talking, of course, about hosting a company holiday party. Everyone can let their hair down, put work aside, and get to know each other on a more interpersonal level.
Regrettably, many corporate employees dread their annual holiday party because, well, they simply aren’t fun. Perhaps people feel as if they’re walking on eggshells, or maybe the environment doesn’t feel like a place where people can truly let their guard down around their superiors. Here are some helpful tips to help you throw a successful holiday party that your staff will look forward to each year.
Read, ‘How to Retain Top Talent: 4 Helpful Tips’ for more insight on boosting employee morale.(more…)
We all want to ‘climb the ladder’ at our company. But what happens if you fall off – literally? With ladder-related injuries accounting for approximately 136,000 accidents a year, your business can’t afford to not take ladder falls seriously.
Ladder Falls Statistics
- More than 500,000 people per year are treated (1), and more than 300 people die (2) from ladder-related injuries.
- The estimated total annual cost of ladder injuries in the United States is $24 billion, including work loss, medical, legal, liability, and pain and suffering expenses (1).
- Among workers, approximately 20 percent of fall injuries involve ladders, and among construction workers, an estimated 81 percent of fall injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involve a ladder (3).
- During 2018, Ladders in Construction were one of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations (4).
“Bend your knees, not your back.”
“Don’t twist as you lift.”
Most of us have heard these nuggets before. It’s good advice, but it seems to go against human nature and common behavior. Here are actions you can take to help you lift properly: (more…)