Floors For Foodservice

Take this short quiz to discover how much you already know about slip-and-fall accidents:

Proper cleaning can help prevent accidents on foodservice floors.

How many foodservice workers–people working in or using commercial kitchens–are injured in the United States each year due to slip-and-fall accidents?

o 3 million

o 1 million

o About 500,000

How much does the foodservice industry spend each year as a result of slip-and-fall accidents in kitchen areas?

o About $1 billion

o More than $2 billion

o More than $3 billion

Of the following, which most often results in a slip-and-fall accident in a kitchen area?

o Power cords and other items left on the floor

o Lack of slip-resistant finishes on the floor

o Soil and grease buildup

According to the National Floor Safety Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 3 million foodservice workers have a slip-and-fall accident every year. This is costing the industry more than $2 billion annually, an expense that is increasing at a rate of 10 percent each year.

And the most common reason for these accidents is not power cords or the floor’s finish. Instead, it is what you probably suspected–soil and grease buildup on the floor.

At this point, you may wonder what this has to do with park and recreation facilities.

The answer is simple. Scores of park and rec centers have commercial kitchens or foodservice areas that are either used by staff or rented out to visitors on a regular basis. If the floors are poorly cleaned and maintained, they can be an accident waiting to happen.

Understanding Falls

Park and recreation managers should know there are actually four types of falls that can occur at a facility. One type is referred to as a trip-and-fall. This happens when there is an object–often unexpected–in the walking path.

A stump-and-fall or step-and-fall accident is similar. This occurs when the walker encounters some type of impediment in the floor, such as a tacky area, that causes him or her to lose balance.

Proper maintenance can make floors safer.

Another common cause is a floor tile that is no longer even with the rest of the floor. In this case the walker stumps as a result of the raised tile and falls.

However, the most common type of fall is a slip-and-fall accident, when the interface of a shoe and the floor fails to support the walker. The walker loses his or her balance and unless he or she can correct this and recover, a fall is likely. As we have learned from the quiz, this often is a result of soil and grease on the floor–implying it was not cleaned and maintained properly.

It should also be noted that when a fall of any type occurs in a commercial foodservice area, lighting can be a contributing factor.

If lights are too bright, they can cause glare, which can actually disguise a problem area on the floor.

If lighting is too low, it can reduce the efficiency of the eye.

In other words, the walker may not see the raised or tacky area, or the soil and grease, so he or she is not able to avoid them.

To make matters worse, soil and grease often gather in grout areas, making it difficult to see, no matter what the lighting conditions.

Commercial Kitchen Floors

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