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Restaurant owners may be most concerned with serving high-quality food and maintaining a safe facility for their customers. However, it is also important to consider the safety of the employees. When people work in a high-traffic environment, there are many opportunities for them to slip and fall on the job. It is important for restaurant owners to make sure they do everything possible to prevent these accidents. 

Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common workplace accidents. According to Restaurant Technologies, most incidents happen because of oil, water and food on the floor. Beverages and other liquids are the cause of just over 40% of the slips and falls that happen in restaurants. Spilled food is a factor in just under 10% of these incidents. Grease causes about 30% of restaurant slips and falls. Most of these incidents happen near the grill and fryer vat, as well as near sinks and coolers. 

Maintain a safe restaurant 

It is important for restaurant owners to make sure they take steps to prevent slips and falls from happening. FoodManagement.com says that people should make sure their employees have the proper training. Training can ensure that all the employees understand the importance of keeping the restaurant clean and organized. Additionally, it is a good idea to have a clear reporting system so everyone knows how to handle accidents. Restaurant owners may want to make sure all of their equipment receives regular maintenance so equipment failure does not cause harm to an employee. 

Follow basic safety practices 

Restaurant owners can ensure the building is safe for both their employees and their patrons by making sure they keep the floors dry. Employees should typically clean up spills immediately and put up signs so people know the floor is wet. People may also want to use non-skid mats. If a restaurant has carpeting, it is a good idea to replace it when the carpet gets torn or worn. In the kitchen, it is important to make sure that employees put lids on pots and pans to prevent spills. Additionally, restaurant owners should usually make sure the building is well-lit so patrons and employees can see potential hazards. 

By Maho | Prentice, LLP Attorneys at Law on March 26, 2020