Slips and trips are among the most common injuries sustained by both employees and customers in restaurant and takeaway establishments, as well as any workplace. This could be as a result of flooring that has become wet because of rain, snow or dropped drinks, or in kitchen areas even from cooking spills. Alternatively, it could be due to maintenance issues, misplaced signage, boxes or any other item.
Employers in the UK reported via RIDDOR 65,427 non-fatal injuries to employees in 2019/20 and of those, the highest percentage – 29% – were caused by slips and trips. Customers are equally affected and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises that you must ensure your employees and anyone else who could be affected by your work are kept safe from harm. This means you must assess the risk from slips and trips and take reasonable precautions.
Here, the team at Ryan’s review some common causes and offer advice to help prevent unwelcome risk:
Cleaning and maintaining flooring
Wet and dirty flooring is more likely to cause slips, so it’s important to clean your floors regularly and with the right products to cut through grease. Slip resistant flooring may be an option here. Equally, damaged or uneven flooring can easily cause trips. It’s a good idea to make repairs quickly, and to make sure appropriate signage is deployed in the meantime, highlighting any danger.
Whether in a kitchen or in an area open to the public, spills from food and drinks are one of the major causes of slips. Make sure to clean up spillages straight away and to safely signpost wet flooring as a hazard.
Fluids on the floor
A leaky or overflowing tap can cause water to flow onto the floor. On the smooth flooring more commonly used in a business setting that’s open to the public, this can create a serious slip hazard. What’s more, if you place a drip tray under a leak, this can cause a trip hazard, too. Always turn taps off and maintain plumbing promptly. Wet conditions outside can also create slippery floors. Placing slip resistant matting in your entrance may help.
Making sure there’s a clear space to work and for your customers to navigate is essential as any unexpected obstacles – whether boxes, cables or even signage or floor displays – can cause a serious fall. Ensure there are plenty of bins for both employees and customers, reducing any rubbish on the floor and make sure to train your staff on safe storage. It’s a good idea to do regular risk assessments, to ensure your staff and customers are kept safe.
Slips and trips are just as likely to happen outside and, if you have an outdoor area or even a car park, it’s a good idea to make sure you keep it free of potholes and trip hazards, carrying out maintenance and risk reviews there, just as you would inside.
Insuring for safety
If anyone on your business premises slips, trips or falls, they may be entitled to a personal injury claim, which could be costly for your business. Making sure your insurance covers your liability is essential.
Call the team at Ryan’s to find out more about the best covers for your business today on 01473 343330.