Dry cleaning businesses work with a lot of liquids and chemicals to successfully run their operations. But with these elements comes the possibility of risking injuries such as slips and falls. According to data from the National Floor Safety Institute, slips and falls are the most common workers’ compensation claims for businesses and can be even more prevalent in the dry cleaning industry.
Wet or damp floors are not the only cause of slip, trip and fall incidents within a facility. Things like clutter, footwear, and improper cleaning can also be the culprits in boosting hazards in the workspace for both employees and customers alike. Depending on the severity of the claims, these accidents can add up to major costs for a dry cleaning business.
According to the National Safety Council, slips and falls cost businesses about $11 billion per year, with the average cost from slips and falls being approximately $23,000. Compare that to the average workers’ compensation claim of $19,000, and you can see the importance of having the right dry cleaners insurance to protect against such costly claims.
These numbers usually account for medical costs alone, highlighting how significant it is to be diligent about preventing these issues form happening in the first place. If an employee has an accident, managers must also account for potential replacement workers, the salary of unemployed staff member, restricted duty for that person, and so on.
Preventing Slips and Falls
There are a number of things that can increase slips and falls inside dry cleaning businesses. The three elements are physical, social and environmental. While eliminating these factors is virtually impossible, there are still ways to reduce risks altogether.
Slips happen when there is not enough friction or traction between the surface of the floor and your feet. Common causes can include wet or oily floors, spills, loose or unanchored mats, and flooring that lacks the same level of traction in all areas.
Trips can occur when an object is in the way, causing a person to lose their balance. There are a variety of reasons why employees can trip, including clutters in walkways, poor lighting, uncovered cables, drawers being left open, and wrinkled carpeting or rugs.
To help prevent slips and trips from happening, dry cleaners can do the following:
- Clean up spills right away
- Keep walkways clear of debris and obstacles
- Put “wet floor” signs up when necessary
- Keep filing cabinets and desk drawers shut
- Cover cables or cords in walkways
- Encourage workers to wear comfortable and properly fitted shoes
About Irving Weber Associates
At Irving Weber Associates, Inc., we understand what it takes to run a successful Dry Cleaner, Coin Operated Laundromat, Linen Supply business, or Commercial Launderer, including investing in a comprehensive Insurance Program to ensure that you are financially protected against claims. Our program, Fabricare Advantage™, offers overall business insurance coverages including General Liability, Property, Site Pollution Liability, Boiler & Machinery Equipment Breakdown, Workers’ Compensation, Business Auto, and many more. For a detailed look at how we can help you safeguard your business with a custom-tailored package, please contact our experts today at (800) 243-1811.