When a family goes in and sits down to enjoy a great meal at your restaurant, they do not get to see all the action behind the scenes that takes place that makes everything possible. With all this action comes risks that must be properly controlled to keep the service on track for success.
There are many dangers but let's focus on two important dangers behind the house.
- Ties, Trips & Falls
- Musculoskeletal injuries
Slips, stumbles and falls are the most common injuries we see behind house operations and while musculoskeletal injuries are not as common they are just as costly (we will cover it more later ).
A Costly Back Risk: Ties, Trips & Falls
Slip, trip and fall incidents are the major injury to workers we see in the restaurant industry. A case not only slows down the service when it happens, but it monitors the supervisory staff from normal tasks, interrupts the flow of kitchen activities, can put one of your esteemed employees out of business and finally cuts into your bottom line.
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Controls Your Restaurant Can Implement to Mitigate Ties, Trips & Falls
Below are some basic controls to help you keep your staff on your feet and service your customers on the right track.
- Wear non-slip shoes.
Non-slip shoes are one of the most basic and effective things you can do to prevent the house from slipping, tripping and falling. soles to improve the coefficient of friction, which reduces the likelihood of slipping. Non-slip shoes are available in most large box stores and shoe stores at a very reasonable price. Read more: "Non-slip shoes for employees. "
- Correct placement of
Anti-slip and fall prevention does not end with shoes.Rubber mats also play a big role in preventing slipping and falling.The cooking line is known for debris and spills during rush hour times, but we must also consider areas such as preparation stations and detergents, where floors can get wet and become dangerous. Quality rubber mats in all of these areas can help control the risk of slipping and falling. It is important to make sure that these are high quality commercial carpets that are designed for use in the back of the home environment. Make sure the carpets are cleaned regularly and are well maintained and thrown away or replaced when damaged. More information about carpet placement and maintenance in all parts of the business can be found in our blog post, "Floor Safety Basics: Floor Mat Placement Procedures & Maintenance. "
Musculoskeletal Injuries and Risks Explained
Another, often overlooked, The source of kitchen staff injuries is musculoskeletal injuries, usually seen as back strains or muscle tension. The kitchen staff are used to working at a fast pace and are often focused on the task and not on what or how they lift it. Something as simple as taking the rubbish to the dump can be a source of damage that puts one of your valuable employees on the sidelines for just a few hours or for many weeks. Providing basic lifting and back safety policies and training can help prevent unnecessary injury. The staff needs to know that it's okay to say "This is heavy, I need help with this." Team lifting should also be a common practice for all items that are too heavy for a person to lift comfortably. There are even mechanical devices made to lift garbage bags to commercial garbage to prevent personnel from lifting and throwing the bags over the top. A mechanical device can be a bit of an investment, but if it prevents an employee's injury, the return on investment is clearly a win for everyone.
Proper lifting technique for back safety
Lifting and back safety are important at all times in the kitchen, whether it is garbage removal, taking a bag of flour to the dough mixer or moving around a full beer keg.
Watch the community webinar below to learn how to prevent muscle injury in the workplace.
Share this webinar at an upcoming staff meeting or get new employees to take a few minutes to watch it on their phone as part of your new briefing process. A little bit of coaching can help your staff understand the mechanics of lifting, how it can help protect them from the pain of an injury and ultimately give you savings as an employer.
Keep your service on track
Household risks are common in the lively restaurant kitchen environment, but proper control of these hazards is likely to lead to fewer claims. There are proven successful preventative measures and controls available to alleviate these common dangers behind the house. Let's work together to make sure you spend your time focusing on your customers and their dining experience instead of preventing damage to your restaurant kitchen.
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