According to a report from the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA), there are more than one million restaurant customers who sustain injuries from slip and fall accidents every year. They also report that 3 million restaurant employees are injured every year in slip and fall incidents. These injuries are costing the restaurant industry over $2 billion annually. Other studies the group cites in their report indicate that the number of combined injuries is growing by at least 10 percent each year.
The owners of these businesses have a responsibility to ensure that their establishments are safe for visitors. Regular inspections of the entire location should be done to ensure there are no hazards that could cause patrons or employees to slip and fall.
The report recommends that restaurant owners select high-traction flooring that is slip-resistant. Owners should also make sure that any carpets or mats are not wearing away or lose. It is recommended that the difference between any flooring and mat or carpet should be no more than one-fourth to one-half inch in order to avoid creating a tripping hazard. Any cleaning products used on flooring should be specifically slip-resistant.
A key factor in keeping a safe environment for customers is employee training. Restaurant owners need to make sure that all employees are aware of safety and cleaning procedures. All employees must be alert to any spills that occur and wipe them up immediately. If a spill has occurred, employees should know how to alert patrons to the wet area. Any washing or mopping of floors should be done when the restaurant is closed for business and there are no patrons around, except for cleaning up spills that may cause a hazard.
It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure that restaurant is well-lit so people can see where they are walking. There should also be regular inspection and maintenance of any parking lots as well to ensure customer safety.
If you have been injured from a fall due to the negligence of a restaurant owner or other business owner, contact a New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.