Monday, September 23, 2013
Wet floor signs are everywhere; supermarkets, hotels, banks, beauty salons are common places to find them. Chances are however, you’ve never seen a wet floor sign in your kitchen. One in three people over 65 years old will encounter some type of fall within the
year.1,2 Some of the reasons we fall include: vision problems, balance issues, strength and limited flexibility. Prescription or over-the-counter medications and drowsiness can
increase your risk of falling.
A common problem companies are facing are whether the wet floor sign was visible and accurately covering the wet floor; or if a wet floor sign was even present immediately after the spill. There have been many cares where the victim of a wet floor slip tried to sue to company, even if though a wet floor sign was present, and visible. I recall one case where an women in her 60's slipped on a wet floor that HAD a foldable wet floor sign over the spill and tried to sue the company for negligence. To make the case even more interesting...she actually fell on the wet floor sign and injured her back on the wet floor sign. She tried to sue the company for her injury and lost. All wet floor signs have to be readable from a certain distance, yellow with black lettering and no sharp corners. Despite winning the lawsuit, the company had to allocate thousands of dollars in attorney fees. This is very common for many companies and it's an ongoing problem; The Banana Cone is a wet floor sign that PREVENTS slipping injuries. Based on the common notion that banana peels are considered slippery, banana meets all the safety requirements of OSHA and visually representing slippery conditions by the shape of the cone.
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Friday, September 20, 2013
According to statistic published by the National Safety Council (a non-profit, non-governmental, international public service organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health), slips and falls are a leading cause of unintentional injury in the United States. This is supported by the fact that more than 1 million Americans, most of who are over the age of 60, have sought emergency room treatment for such accidental falls; a growing number of these accidents are occurring in retail stores, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and office buildings. Wet floor signs are mandatory for any business establishment.
Over the last decade, slip and fall accident rates have more than doubled and this is becoming a major concern to US retailers, for example it has been estimated that one of the major retailers, is sued on average once every two hours, totaling thousands of lawsuits each year - many of these being for slips and falls1; one such lawsuit cost approximately $545,000.2
The escalation in the number of such accidents shows that existing methods of wet floor, accident prevention - portable warning signs that are only erected after someone alerts management - are obviously not adequate.The need therefore exists for a more proactive slip and fall prevention strategy.
There are many ways to point direction to a wet floor and the first one is a wet floor sign. To be more particular, the best types of wet floor signs should catch attention very easily. The banana cone is a wet floor sign that's shaped like a banana. This is something that will catch the eye of a customer and help the customer know that a wet floor is present. Now this is a banana that PREVENTS slipping! www.bananaproducts.com