The Elephant in the Room: Slip-and-fall Restaurant Accidents!

The Elephant in the Room: Slip-and-fall Restaurant Accidents!

Each year thousands of restaurants are sued because slip-and-fall accidents. Many of these lawsuits go to trial, and result in million dollar verdicts. In 2017 alone, the top five slip-and-fall lawsuits equated to more than $30 million of legal damages. Furthermore, the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports that $2 billion is spent on annual injury costs associated with a foodservice slip-and-fall! Perhaps the most alarming figure is this number is expected to increase by 10% year over year. 


Slip-&-Fall Statistics (*National Safety Council, Bureau of Labor & Statistics):

  1. 15% of all workplace accidents can be attributed to a slip, trip, or fall.

  2. Slip, trip, and falls are the second leading cause of work place injuries.

  3. 85% of Worker’s Compensation claims are attributed to slip-and-fall injuries.

  4. Slip-and-falls are the leading cause of disabling injury costs to employers.

  5. Average of 111 fatal slip-and-fall accidents occur every year.

  6. Annually, slip-and-fall accidents account for $70 billion worth of medical and accident compensation expenses.

  7. Nearly 25,000 slip-and-fall accidents occur each day.

The number one cause behind a slip-and-fall accident is outdated and ineffective safety and janitorial products. Don't ignore the elephant in the room, ensure your business protects its staff and customers by following these steps:

  1. Avoid Floor Debris: The first step towards protecting your restaurant is ensuring your floors are clear of trash and other debris. Even during dinner rush, it is vital that you maintain a clean floor that is free from common trip debris like utensils, wrappers, napkins and discarded food particles. HeRO Imports manufactures a variety of foodservice janitorial supplies like our HeRO Dual-Angle Broom Head that can help keep your floors safe.

  2. Use Warning Signs: The second step in protecting your restaurant is through the use of proper signage. After each cleaning, it is imperative that you notify customers and staff of wet surfaces. Through the use of our HeRO Trilingual Wet Floor Sign, you can help ensure staff and customers are notified of slippery surfaces.

  3. Prevent Floor Grease: While traditional mop heads are an effective tool, the HeRO Grease Mop is specially formulated with a proprietary blend of grease-fighting properties that absorb food grease 55% better than standard cotton mops.* In addition to removing the risk of slippery floor grease, utilizing the grease mop can help disprove negligence* if you are ever sued for a slip-and-fall accident.

***No product warranty is expressed or implied. HeRO Imports does not assume any liability in exchange for the sale or use of its products. Please consult an attorney before altering any aspect of your safety or janitorial procedures or procurement. ***

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