Did you know? According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for more than eight million emergency room visits annually, which is higher than any other type of incident. Since it is your responsibility as a business owner to keep your team and customers safe, it is important to implement safe practices throughout your workplace. Are you wondering how you can prevent falls in your company? Try these six tips:
- Use clear signage. What happens when your customers track the external elements inside? If you’re a small business owner, you know there’s no way around the unwanted water. But there is a way around it that does even more damage. A simple warning sign can help raise awareness, tell your customers to avoid the area and help them proceed with caution. In addition to this clear signage, it is good to give a verbal reminder when customers enter.
- Invest in entrance rugs. Want to take your fall prevention project to the next level? Lay down moisture-absorbing mats directly inside your door. Make sure to buy mats with anti-slip mats to avoid slipping and check the mats throughout the day. If they get too wet, they can be more of a danger than a help. You can also place a mat directly outside your door during the winter months so customers can wipe away snow outside.
- Salt your sidewalks and parking lots. As a business owner, you should always keep an eye on the weather. Keep an eye on conditions and temperatures. If there is any possibility of ice, make it a priority to salt your property. This may involve taking steps to ensure that all pavements and parking lots are treated with anti-icing products. Do you expect a third party to complete this? Make sure they have up-to-date insurance coverage and make it a practice to request a copy of their proof of insurance for your records.
- Make necessary repairs. Pay attention to the condition of your sidewalks and parking lots. When you discover areas that need repair, invest the time and money to fix them as soon as possible to help save you more time and money down the road. If you are a tenant, immediately notify the developer of necessary repairs. A smooth and clear walking surface can help prevent falls at your business and protect customers/employees.
- Add plenty of lighting. Dimmed lighting can hide obstacles from customers such as cracks or holes. Investing in bright light bulbs in front of your business, in your entryway and in your parking lots will help protect against hazards and theft as well. Maintain lighting by replacing light bulbs as soon as they burn out.
- Clear the mess. When it comes to keeping customers safe, sometimes the smallest efforts have the biggest impact. Keep obstacles away from walkways. Be sure to close doors when you leave a room and close drawers when you’re done with them. Also, when stacking items or putting them on shelves, organize them from the heaviest at the bottom to the lightest at the top to avoid damage.
Now that you know how to prevent falls in your business, it is also important to know what is covered.
What happens if a customer slips, trips or falls…despite your best efforts? While your commercial insurance should offer bodily injury coverage, it can’t hurt to ask an expert to make sure you’re properly covered. Talk to a local, independent agent today.