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Planning can reduce slip and fall accidents in retail settings

For many wholesale and retail establishments in New Mexico, one of their top concerns is keeping their employees and customers safe. Failure to implement protocols designed to protect people against accidents can result in preventable injuries happening that can unleash a fury of costly consequences. In severe cases, careless or reckless businesses may be facing lawsuits, a damaged reputation and a permanent effect on their brand and product. 

Companies have a significant responsibility to encourage their employees to be safe, as well as to make sure that the working conditions are conducive to useful outputs without compromising the safety and well-being of their employees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, employers should require training that educates their employees on how to safely perform their job responsibilities. Proper footwear, safety gear and certification should be made mandatory before certain jobs can be completed including those that require equipment. Timely reporting of any concerns should be encouraged to prevent unnecessary accidents from happening. 

In keeping customers safe, insureon suggests that retailers are vigilant about maintaining the grounds in and around their establishment including shoveling snow, melting ice and providing non-slip mats in areas with high foot traffic that may be subjected to moisture. They should also secure any cords so they are out of the way. Displays should be tested to verify their stability and product should be stored in a way that is easy for customers to access. If there is a temporary hazard, a sign that indicates potential danger should be immediately displayed and efforts should be made to divert customers from that area.  

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