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Hidden Dangers in Supermarkets

Supermarkets can be dangerous places for shoppers.  As we stroll down the aisles looking at shelves and freezers for dinner items or when checking out the weekly sales and displays, the last place we focus our attention is on the floor of the supermarket.

Because most markets are self-service, customers frequently drop or spill items onto the floor, creating hidden slip hazards.

Here are some of the hazards which if spilled onto the market floor, can injure unsuspecting customers.

Hazard #1:  Frost on ice cream containers

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Hazard #2:  Frost and condensation from bags of ice

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Hazard #3:  Spilled coffee

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Hazard #4:  Spilled drinks

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Hazard #5:  Spilled soda

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Hazard #6:  Water from floral display

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Hazard #7:  Dropped produce

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Every supermarket knows of these risks.  The law in the State of Hawaii requires markets to protect customers from dropped food and spilled drinks.  Many markets will only place mats in certain known spill areas.  Mats are totally inefficient when food and drinks are carried to other areas of the store without mats.

As a result, national industry safety standards require business owners to provide a slip-resistant flooring to protect its customers.

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National and international flooring manufacturers have for close to two decades, manufactured a “slip-resistant” flooring specifically for supermarkets.  Armstrong, one such manufacturer, manufactures and sells a floor tile called “Safety Zone,” which has an aluminum oxide grit embedded in the tile to create slip-resistance.  The “Safety Zone” tile is specifically designed for use in supermarkets, and in particular for produce departments, frozen foods sections, or wherever spills are known or likely to occur.

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It is a fact that most supermarkets do not install slip-resistant tiles because they cost slightly more than non-slip-resistant tiles.  These markets would rather gamble with their customer’s safety for pennies on the dollar.

If you have been injured by slipping and falling as a result of a supermarket’s or other business’ slippery floor, call SHIM & CHANG.  We have successfully resolved many cases involving fall injuries.  Here at SHIM & CHANG, we are committed to helping our clients when they need it the most.   We are also committed to making our community safer by trying to prevent similar injuries in the future.

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