Nine Slip-and-Fall Risk Factors for Grocery Store Managers

Contributed by BSM Staff

HAMILTON, OH -- While many industries have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, one that has not been is the grocery store industry. 

Further, according to a new study by Manifest, a business news organization, 62 percent of Americans still prefer to shop in-store for groceries instead of use delivery services.

With business up and most people still preferring in-store shopping, grocery store slip and fall accidents are a concern.

To help prevent these accidents, Kaivac, developers of cleaning systems specifically designed for cleaning convenience and grocery stores, identifies "Nine Slip and Fall Risk Factors" store managers should be aware of:

"Wet floor" slip resistance. Some hard surface floors may be slip-resistant when dry but become slippery when wet. Store managers should select floors that retain their resistance, dry and wet, and consider the following:

  • Surface changes: Walking from one-floor type to another increases the chances of a slip and fall accident.
  • Floor mats: Designed to help prevent accidents, mats that are loose, folded, lumpy, or have raised edges can be a significant risk factor.
  • Obstructions: Extension cords, hoses, boxes, or carts in walkways can make for an unsafe floor.
  • Visibility: Poor lighting, glare, shadows, or lights that are too bright can impede visibility.
  • Foreign substances: Ice, grease, and spills are significant contributors to hazardous floors. 
  • Inadequate floor cleaning procedures: Mopping can spread slippery oil, grease, and soils on floors and collect on mops and in mop water, making for very hazardous conditions. 
  • Level changes: Unexpected slopes in the floor or raises of three steps, or less can contribute to accidents.
  • Distractions: Anything that distracts a shopper such as boxes on a walkway, food items on the floor, foul odors, mops or buckets, even floor ads have contributed to slip and fall accidents.

"Safety is, of course, a top concern," says Mike Perazzolip  with Kaivac, manufacturers of grocery store cleaning systems. "But grocery stores also have very tight profit margins. The more you can eliminate some of these [floor] risk factors, the more profitable you can be."

Headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, Kaivac, Inc. delivers complete science-based cleaning systems designed to produce healthy results and outcomes while raising the value of cleaning operations and the professionalism of the worker.

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