Protect your grocery store from costly lawsuits

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Supermarkets are an everyday venue that people visit, but there are health risks that are associated with these spaces. These dangers are increased for employees, who work behind-the-scenes and tend to many tasks, which may distract them from their surroundings. The SAIF Corporation, a not-for-profit, state-chartered workers’ compensation company in Oregon, reported that claims associated with slips, trips and falls average around $22,000.

Slip accidents are a major concern for employers. Team mentality can be negatively impacted if a person is injured. Additionally, the legal ramifications of such incidents can be serious. Employers have to worry about financial costs and safety citations. One single injury can result in a massive headache for employers. Therefore, implementing safety precautions is an important step in ensuring the well-being of employees.

Start with the venue
There are many ways that employers can protect their staff members. One way is to require them to wear slip-resistant shoes. They should also invest in, use and tend to safety items around the venue such as slip hazard signs and janitorial equipment.

When shopping for these essential safety items, grocers should consider the dimensions and where they can be kept. Depending on the size of the venue, there may be a few locations where they should be placed. After all, if a spill occurs on one side of the store, but slip hazard signs are on the other side, employees and guests may be at risk while someone fetches one.

Here are a few items to consider when optimizing safety precautions around the store.

·      Slip hazard signs: These easy-to-deploy signs will ensure that everybody is aware of the spills that they stand over and know to avoid the area. Ensure that they’re safely tucked away to avoid introducing trip hazards.

·      Janitorial items: Typical janitorial tools such as brooms, mops and mopping buckets will help keep the floors clear of liquids. Employers can also look into other products that can make the cleanup process more efficient. There are flexible floor sponges that can be used to stem the flow of a leak. Though some of these items aren’t essential, they can be a good area to splurge on to provide better safety for staff members.

      Slip-resistant mats: Purchase plenty of these and use them in areas of the store that are more prone to spills. This is especially important in the seafood section, where water is an ongoing issue. Err on the side of caution and place mats behind and in front of the counter. This way, you ensure that employees and guests stay safe. Keep a large one at the doorways as well in preparation for rainy or snowy days.

Reassess the dress code
Beyond what employers can do inside their stores, there are other ways that they can protect staff members from slip hazards. While safety shoes aren’t required in grocery store settings, employers can strongly suggest these useful products for employees. Consider altering the training procedures and asking or requiring new hires to invest in nonslip shoes while encouraging current staff members to purchase the footwear as well. With all of these measures in place, employers can rest easy knowing that the workplace is as safe as possible.

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