In 2015 a man slipped on a wet floor – caused by a leaking chiller – in a Co-Op store in Truro and banged his head. He died hours later as a result.
The accident lead to a civil insurance claim, of course, but also a criminal prosecution resulting in a £400,000 fine.
In summing up, Cornwall Council said:
“This case demonstrates the importance of slip risks being adequately controlled. It should serve a warning that signage alone is not an adequate control. Proactive measures must be taken to either prevent floors becoming slippery or precluding public access.”
So your wet floor signs are not enough. You should be ensuring your facilities are safe even if floors are wet.
In that case, what should you do? We recommend you think about your CHIMES:
Most of these can be quantified and, as the saying goes, what gets measured gets managed
We work with clients in hospitality and leisure to help them measure and understand their true risks, then to put into place practical strategies to reduce risk – and to sustain this improvement over time.
Typically, clients see a 50%+ reduction in accidents, saving £100,000’s a year.
We also work with many insurers and insurance brokers. Insurers will often part-fund our work through risk management bursaries. We can potentially help you to unlock this funding.
Given this is the slippery season, we are offering readers a free slip safety survey in December 2019, including HSE-approved pendulum slip testing. This will help you better understand your risk and see what can be done to make your floors safer so you don’t need to rely on yellow signs.
Environments where slips are prevalent include:
- Wet leisure
- Entrance areas
- Shower trays and bath tubs
- Hotel bathrooms
- Restaurants, particularly servery areas
We have proven solutions to make your existing floor surfaces safer in all these environments, avoiding the need for costly replacement.
Wet floors do not need to be unsafe
You can make almost any floor surface sufficiently safe to pass the HSE legal benchmark
So contact us now to arrange your free slip safety survey:
0203 355 5018