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San Francisco Restaurant Insurance: Slip and Fall Injuries Part 2

San Francisco Restaurant Insurance: Slip and Fall Injuries Part 2San Francisco Restaurant Insurance: Slip and Fall Injuries Part 2

As discussed in a post earlier this year, San Francisco Restaurant Insurance: Slip and Fall Injuries Part 1, slips or falls are the number one cause of accidents in both restaurants and hotels. They account for a total of 27% of all workers’ compensation claims and 30% of all general liability claims. According to the National Safety Council, over 275,000 injuries among U.S. general industries were caused by slips, trips, and falls in 2008. So as a restaurant owner or manager, what can you do to ensure the safety of yourself and your staff? The following are some simple ways to reduce the probability of a slip and/or fall on wet or slippery floors.

  • Install slip-resistant floor surface or use anti-skid adhesive tape in high-traffic areas.
  • Use absorbent matting in entrance ways during inclement weather or in areas where walkers may pass through puddles.
  • Maintain good housekeeping throughout all work areas.
  • Immediately clean up spills and leaks.
  • Wear proper footwear and encourage employees to do the same, for better traction on slippery surfaces.
  • Conduct periodic inspections of the property and grounds to identify and correct trip hazards.
  • Place caution signs to warn employees and/or patrons of uneven floor surfaces, elevation changes, or other potential trip hazards.
  • Provide adequate lighting throughout the restaurant. Moving from light to dark areas or vice versa can cause temporary vision problem that could be just enough to cause a person to trip or slip.

In summary, successful control of the hazards associated with slip and fall exposures will result in a safer workplace. Restaurants in San Francisco are some of the highly competitive and complex businesses. Each restaurant faces unique exposures.

DiNicola Insurance Services provides business  insuranceemployee benefits, and risk management services in communities throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including San Mateo, San Jose, Alameda, and Marin County, California. To get started on a complete San Francisco restaurant insurance policy, contact us by phone at 855.247.1912

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