You probably know that the start of spring means changing weather, and that probably means a lot of wet conditions. Still, your grocery store will need to remain open for business. When it does, conditions outside could easily impact the security inside the business. Such threats will often occur because of the encroachment of water and other debris into the store. That could raise your risks of customers slipping and falling in the store. What can you do to keep such threats low?
Understanding Slip And Fall Risks
Most people know that running water is not an easy asset to contain, particularly when it comes from rainwater. So, it is often very easy for water to encroach into the grocery store. There are a few obvious and not-so-obvious risks that might allow this to occur.
- Severe downpours might lead to flash flooding that could spill into the building. Even a small amount of water in a small area could still track into the rest of the business.
- So long as water stands outside the building, customers likely can't avoid walking through it. Therefore, they can track it into the store. Even welcome mats likely can't collect all water.
- It can be easy for water to track through the business. Water on the bottom of peoples' shoes, from the wet wheels of shopping carts, and even from dripping umbrellas might spread spills. Even wet stock unloaded in the rain might track in water.
- Spill risks might exist from leaking food containers, along with malfunctioning freezers and other leaks.
- Customers might also track such debris as wet leaves, trash and other items into the store. These items might prove as dangerous as any liquid.
When these elements encroach into the business, then someone might easily fall and hurt themselves. They might decide to sue the business for their losses, and they might win. You could be required to pay them a settlement. That could easily damage your operation and your financial future.
If you have general liability insurance, coverage can often help you pay for the losses that might occur after customer falls. That's a good cushion to have on hand when you need it. However, you still must do what you can to prevent these accidents.
Vigilantly police the store for any signs of spills. Make ample use of Wet Floor signs when you find them. Furthermore, you should always keep a close watch on high-traffic areas, such as your entrances or exits. If notice wet conditions in these areas, immediately mop up the mess and place a warning sign nearby. It might take a little more effort at busy times, but you can better protect your business and your customers.