Restaurant Worker Slip and Fall Accidents

Attorney Blog

wet floor How do slip and fall accidents happen at food service locations? Liquid spills happen with some regularity at restaurants in Aurora and other food-service locations. The fact that spills happen usually does not come as a surprise to restaurant owners or their employees, given that servers carry drinks to and from tables constantly, and often very quickly. However, just because liquid spills are prevalent in the restaurant industry does not mean that workers should feel as though they are at risk of serious injuries from slips and falls.  Slips and falls can also happen without liquid spills. For instance, greasy kitchen floors or uneven carpeting can quickly catch a server off-guard.

How can we prevent restaurant slips and falls? And what can injury victims do to seek compensation for injuries sustained in a serious slip and fall accident?

Same-Level Falls and Food Service Employees

When we think about injuries in fall-related accidents, many of us envision the dangers associated with falls from heights. But as a pamphlet from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety underscores, same-level falls (or, those happening on a level surface) often result in severe injuries to food service workers. The Institute conducted a study analyzing limited-service restaurants (or fast-food, as most of us know these locations) to determine why and how often slips and falls happen.

The findings from the study appeared in Injury Prevention, and “revealed a high frequency of slipping among restaurant workers.” The authors of the study defined slipping as “a loss of traction of the foot.” What leads to these slip and fall, or same-level, accidents? Relying on data from employees of 36 different restaurants, the researchers came to some of the following conclusions:

  • Poor training in and enforcement of cleaning protocols tends to result in slips and falls, especially when employees use enzyme-based cleaners in conjunction with warm or hot water. These types of cleaners require cold water to function properly, and the presence of warm water can limit the ability for an enzyme-based cleaning product to properly remove a greasy area;
  • Requiring slip-resistant footwear may be able to cut the rates of slipping by about 50 percent;
  • Rushing around a restaurant space increases the risk of a slip, trip, or fall by 2.9 times;
  • Distraction during work increases the risk of slipping by 1.7 times; and
  • Walking on a floor that is contaminated—with a liquid spill, grease, etc.—increases an employee’s risk of slipping by 14.6 times. 

Preventing Injuries in Restaurant Slips and Falls

As a web pamphlet from the National Restaurant Association highlights, it only takes one slip for a restaurant worker to suffer a serious—and preventable—injury. Of course, patrons, too, can suffer severe slip and fall accidents when spills are not properly cleaned up in a timely manner, opening up restaurant owners to liability. What should employers do to prevent accidents? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends the following prevention methods:

  • Maintain sanitary walking and working surfaces;
  • Keep restaurant floors clean and dry;
  • Remove obstructions from aisles or passageways;
  • Keep flooring in aisles and passageways in good repair;
  • Use warning signs when floors are wet;
  • Provide adequate lighting along floor areas;
  • Quickly repair uneven floor surfaces;
  • Use no-skid waxes on floor areas; and
  • Require employees to wear no-skid shoes.

If you have questions about filing a slip and fall claim, you should discuss your case with an Aurora personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices today.

Related Pages: Slip and Fall Injuries & Premises Liability

Categories:

Lee Alhambra: kind and patient when explaining things, and a calmness that is soothing in stressful situations.

Want to say thank you to Attorney Leandro Alhambra for not just being a good lawyer but for being kind and patient when explaining things. He has calmness that is soothing in stressful situations.

Conniebelle

Lee Alhambra will represent you well and will fight for your case. Highly Recommended.

Very professional, detailed and courteous. My case was handled with ease and I’m very grateful! Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices will represent you well and fight for you. Leandro Alhambra is a lawyer I would highly recommend.

Dylan C

I HIGHLY recommend this firm as they are forthright, honest, and easy to work with! Mr. Evans was absolutely outstanding!

I met with Attorney Evans today about a vehicle/pedestrian settlement claim. Mr. Evans was absolutely outstanding and helped guide my thinking regarding the insurance company and potential lawsuit. I HIGHLY recommend this firm as they are forthright, honest, and easy to work with!

Keith W

I recommend Jay Johnson and Woodruff Johnson & Evans. Jay Johnson is a real trailblazer in the work-related injury process. 10 STARS!

My attorney, Jay Johnson, was efficient and there for me when I needed help with my work-related injury. Whenever I had an issue related to my employers’ insurance adjuster, he took care of it. Jay protected my rights when I was wrongfully charged medical bills and collectors. Jay always made himself available when I had  […]

Peter

El Sr. Jay Johnson fue genial. Me guió paso a paso a través de su proceso. Lo recomendaría en caso de alguna lesión laboral.

El Sr. Jay Johnson fue genial. Fue muy receptivo. Respondió a todas mis preguntas. Siempre encontraba tiempo para devolverme la llamada cuando no estaba disponible. Me guió paso a paso a través de su proceso. Lo recomendaría en caso de alguna lesión laboral.

Rodrigo G.

Work Compensation Attorney Leandro Alhambra Fought Hard For My Case. I Highly Recommend Him. Great Communication.

Leandro Alhambra at Woodruff, Johnson & Evans did an excellent job. From the time I first contacted him, he was professional and caring. He kept me informed even during the pandemic and he fought to get me a good settlement. I recommend him highly!

Edward P.

I Got Hurt at Work and Hired Russell Haugen to Take On Workers Comp for Me! I Highly Recommend This Law Firm.

I got hurt at work and my employer workers comp has a history of giving hurt employees a “Run Around.” Well, my workers comp “kept” loosing my Doctors orders for physical therapy. After a couple of weeks of this “Run Around” I contacted Russell. It was approximately 20 minutes after speaking to Russell, and my […]

Joseph H.

I highly recommend attorney Jay Johnson to anyone facing work comp issues!

Jay Johnson was an amazing attorney. Whenever I had a question, however little it was, I’d always hear back from him either that same day, or the following morning. I really felt he represented me very well. I’d highly recommend him to anyone who has even a question about their case!

Holly B.

Mr. Russell Haugen is the best personal injury attorney in the entire Chicago area!

In my opinion, Mr. Russell Haugen is the best personal injury attorney in the Chicago area. He is very professional and very hard working person for his clients. His knowledge allowed me to have a good ending for my case. He was awesome to work with. The process took several months but the settled was […]

Barbara I.

Great Law Firm to Work With! They Stay On Top Of Everything! Thanks So Much!

They are on top of everything. Great people to work with! Thank you so much for everything you done for me.

Deanna S.
View All Testimonials

Get Your Free Consultation

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.