We've all seen it, you walk into the dish washing area, and there is a massive puddle taking up the entire room. Not only is it a nuisance to clean up, but it is also a significant safety hazard. Within the food service industry slips and falls are the number one cause of injury, and 70% of these falls occur on a flat surface. Scary, right? Don't worry. Innovations are being made to make the dish washing area safer. One practical choice is a drying unit with an advanced water catch system.
The advanced water catch system is located on the bottom of the drying rack and catches water as it rolls off of dishes, pots, pans, and cutting boards during the drying process. As the water falls, it is funneled down into a small tray located on the bottom of the unit. To remove the excess water, you take out the tray and empty it. Then, you are ready for yet another round of dishes.
Why is it so important to keep water off the floor?
A study by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) indicates that the industry spends more than $2 billion annually on such injuries in terms of medical costs, absenteeism, and lost productivity and notes that these accidents are increasing by about 10 percent each year. Also,85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition).Slips and falls do not constitute a primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, but represent the primary cause of lost days from work( NFSI).This can be detrimental to smaller operations with a smaller staff. Needless to say, floor safety is extremely important. So, for the safety of both you and your staff, invest in a water catch system to combat the dangerous dish room floors.