In a 2001 study conducted by the National Safety Council, it was discovered that there are approximately 13 million injuries annually due to slip and fall accidents, including 16,000 deaths. The average settlement for a slip and fall claim was $3,900 and litigation can cost up to $100,000 — numbers that have undoubtably risen in the years since these initial findings were made public.wet-floor-4

What are the leading causes of slips, trips and falls in the workplace?

Well, slips most commonly occur when floors or other working surfaces become slippery or wet. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.

In many cases, the costs created by slip and fall injuries can put a huge financial strain on even the most stable business, ranging from minor inconvenience to massive liability, depending on the circumstances. The National Floor Safety Institute estimates that the average cost of a slip and fall workers compensation claim is $4,000, and the average liability award for injury to a customer or other third party runs from $60,000 to $100,000 per claim.

Of the slips and fall accidents that occur in the food service industry, 41 percent of plaintiffs that received verdicts were awarded between $10,000 and $99,999, and 47% were between $100,000 and $5 million. On average, the restaurant industry spends more than $2 billion on slip and fall injuries each year and those injuries are increasing at a rate of 10% each year, according to The National Floor Safety Institute.

More slip and fall statistics:

  • Falls account for 87% of all fractures among people over the age of 65 and are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury.
  • Disabling (temporary and permanent) occupational injuries due to falls are approximately $250,000-$300,000 per year.
  • Fractures are the most serious consequences of falls and occur in 5% of all people who fall.
  • Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.

How can your business safeguard itself from these on-site health risks?

Well, with Eco-Safe Digester there is no food waste to store or transport, no solids generated, and no extra handling is required. This lack of stagnant on-site waste not only leads to the reduction of foul odors and rodents, but also the reduces the risk of slip-and-fall accidents.

“It keeps the staff in the kitchen, instead of outside where they could slip and fall,” said American Waste & Recycling Equipment Medical Division CEO Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum.

“You’re not carrying liquid waste around, which prevents both potential hazards and cleanup jobs for employees. The absence of food waste also reduces the chances of attracting rats, roaches and other unwanted pests.”

With this on-site food waste disposal, your business will quickly see costs begin to decrease as employee efficiency and safety increases.

“It’s all about limiting the generation of food waste, which in turn puts money back in the pockets of business owners,” said Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum. “There is no budgeting necessary for this product as the initial costs pales in comparison to the current cost of standard food waste disposal.”

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