There’s nothing more fun than laughing at someone that hurt themselves, especially if it happened in a funny way. But as entertaining as it may be, slips are no laughing matter. As a kid growing up in the restaurant industry I spent lots of weekends pretending to be a cook or waiter, probably annoying the actual cooks and servers, and I witnessed a fall or two.
My dad was always very particular about the safety of his employees. Whether it was escorting his servers to their cars after hours, making sure they have a safe ride home, or providing them with necessary non-slip shoes and non slip mats – safety was number one. The funny, semi ironic, part is my dad would neglect his own safety. He would opt for dress shoes, figuring as the owner of the business he should stand out and look nicer. Problem is I’ve witnessed my dad fall AT LEAST 5 times in my life, once putting him in the hospital. Thankfully none of his employees have ever injured themselves because workmans comp claims can be outrageous. Unluckily for him, I didn’t work at MatsMatsMats.com at the time and couldn’t let him know how easily and affordable he could have prevented an injury….or 5 in his case.
According to my research there were almost 11,000 serious work injuries caused by slipping or tripping last year and many claims for compensation. They are the most common cause of major injuries at work.
One of the most common causes is because of inadequate flooring or the cleaning of floors. A simple solution would be nonslip anti fatigue mats with drainage holes. The surface will keep your employees from slipping and the drainage holes will help keep debris and spills from staying on the surface. The floor in a workplace has to be suitable for the type of work activity needed. Workers should be able to walk on a floor without fearing that they might slip and any cleaning of it has to be properly notified to the workforce by notices or warnings. The employer is under a duty to maintain flooring to ensure that there are no trip hazards such as tears or holes and if there are changes of level then they should be highlighted. Regrettably people who work with us are often responsible for slipping accidents, they fail to deal with spillages, leaving it for someone else to clean up or they abandon wrappers on floors causing a hazard to others.
My point is if you have the correct matting, whether it be safety mats or anti fatigue mats or both, you can potentially save yourself a lot of hassle and money. In 2010 the average lost-work claim was about $65,000, according to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. For a small fraction of that cost you could easily equip your entire space with one of many many many matsmatsmats!