How CCTV Lowers Risk of Slip and Fall Accidents For Restaurants

One of the many important aspects of owning a restaurant or catering business is keeping the risks of slip and fall accidents as low as possible. One slip can mean losing a valuable employee or seeing a customer injured. It can also mean avoiding fraudulent lawsuits. That is why commercial security systems are so very valuable– CCTV lowers the risk of slip and fall accidents.

How Restaurants are Vulnerable to Slip and Fall Suits

In the food industry, slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of injury which leads to legitimate claims. The food industry is also vulnerable to fraudulent claims. Not surprisingly, it can stem from some of the same reasons.

  1. Restaurant environments are inherently dangerous. It is crowded, has lots of movement, and products. The floors are often wet or slippery. Workers are often carrying boxes or trays that obscure vision.
  2. Slip and fall accidents are common but every claim is problematic. Often the incidents happen in a crowded area where vision is obscured or completely out of sight. This means that there is no real way for the owner to argue the legitimacy of the claim.

Important Tips for Lowering Risks

Just by making a few simple changes, you can make your restaurant safer and reduce the likelihood of slip and fall.

  • Institute strict cleaning practices to keep floors free of food and other dangerous items.
  • Require employees wear non-slip shoes.
  • Monitor flow of traffic in the kitchen and dining area and make changes for improvement.
  • Store appliances, products, and supplies properly.
  • Check the floor and carpeting daily for breaks, rips, folds or worn spots.
  • Monitor for spills and clean up immediately.
  • Do not allow employees to stack when carrying trays or boxes in a way that obscure vision or hinders movement.
  • Use skidproof waxes on flooring.

How CCTV and Commercial Camera Systems Help Avoid Suits

Commercial CCTV and surveillance systems are one of the most important elements in reducing the likelihood of injury and of false claims by addressing the two main issues that make restaurants and caterers vulnerable to claims.

  1. CCTV and surveillance camera systems, with both overt and covert cameras,  allow you to monitor for problems that increase danger, such as when employees stack boxes or leave spills. This can help avoid problems that would lead to real and serious injury.
  2. Visible surveillance systems deter acts of fraud. It can also provide you with proof should anyone try.

About S-TRON

S-TRON offers an innovative suite of video surveillance products and professional installation for regional and national chains.  S-TRON is a electronic security integrator for national and regional retail and hospitality companies.

Established in 1995 and headquartered in Melville, NY, we have served thousands of retail locations across the country with best in class equipment installations and ongoing service, maintenance, and support. Our brand promise: “Service Excellence”.

7 Benefits of Restaurant Security Cameras

Restaurants make for very successful businesses, but with that success comes plenty of opportunity for crime. Some of those may come to mind immediately, like employee theft. Others may not be as obvious. There are many ways for employees, customers, and even intruders to commit crimes, however, and restaurant security cameras have a very important role in preventing them.

Restaurants Face Unique Security Challenges

Restaurants face a large range of security challenges on a daily basis, such as a high employee turnover rates, a constantly changing customer base, theft, and more. Restaurant security camera and CCTV systems can help reduce the losses commonly associated with owning and running a restaurant.

Top Advantages of Restaurant Security Cameras

Hospitality establishments make up the largest segment of the retail industry and because of this, a run a greater risk of crime and loss. It is easy to assume that security cameras will enhance safety, but there are many additional benefits for the hospitality and restaurant industry. Here are the top advantages of implementing a security camera system in your restaurant establishment.

1 Prevent Employee Theft of Product

Theft of product can happen in countless creative ways, and it is nearly impossible to spot all of it in the moment. Security cameras can deter theft, but also allow you the information you need to spot it and correct the problem. Employees are less likely to steal and you are more likely to catch it if they do.

2  Reduce Fraudulent Lawsuits

Restaurants are also a frequent target of false injury claims because they are busy and setting the scene with spills is fairly easy. A professionally installed security camera system will cover areas of vulnerability, while crisp HD camera images will make sure that your evidence stands up in court.

3 Prevent Overpouring

It can be tempting to overpour when doing so can result in higher tips. The best way to combat this problem is by always having an eye on the tables and bar.

4 Aiding In Customer Disputes

Fights are common in crowded restaurants, especially ones with bars. Restaurant security cameras can help reduce fights, and in the event of violence, help police identify the responsible parties.

5 Curb Sexual Harassment Issues

The number of sexual harassment claims reported to the Equal Opportunity Commission has reached nearly 10,00 cases annually, the number of events are likely much higher. The monetary benefits paid each year as a result of sexual harassment claims is in excess of $43 million. In addition to being motivated by a concern for the wellbeing of employees, using surveillance cameras can help curb the incidence, and provide evidence so you can formulate a response.

6  Boost Productivity

Studies show that security cameras in the workplace can help boost productivity significantly. Not  only does it motivate employees, it means management can spend less time monitoring and more time doing other more beneficial tasks.

7 Reduce Workplace Violence

In 2011, 17 percent of fatal work injuries were the result of  workplace violence. That’s about 780 fatal work injuries a year. Surveillance in the workplace discourages acts of violence and aids law enforcement in solving crime.

There are many considerations around implementing restaurant security cameras. S-Tron is expert in deploying a variety of tool and technologies to help secure the restaurant industry.

 

Consumer or Commercial Grade Video Surveillance? What’s the Difference?

Most people in the market for a video surveillance system wonder: What’s the difference between consumer and professional, commercial grade CCTV and video surveillance systems. Will consumer grade surveillance systems work for a small or medium size business?

No matter the size of the business, commercial and consumer video surveillance systems are two completely different products and there are some differences that make them specific for their intended usage.

So Many Options in Commercial and Consumer Grade Video Surveillance Camera Systems

There are literally thousands of choices in video surveillance on the market, so it is easy to get lost in a sea of brands and options. There is a way to make it much easier to understand the options when you know that you can divide all of the choices into two groups: those intended for commercial use and those intended for residential usage.

Some Key Differences in Surveillance Systems

Because surveillance systems are made to fit a specific usage, they all have some basic differences that would impact your decision.

  • Commercial Systems have additional options to meet needs that are specific to their intended application, such as dramatic lighting changes, expansive spaces needing full coverage, analytics, exception reporting, networking, scalability and more.
  • Consumer Systems are made for the residential market. They offer features that are specific to residential needs, such as unobtrusive design, most suitable cameras and components, affordability, accessibility, and a host of other design features that make them a good fit for most consumer uses.  

But They Are Not Interchangeable

Video surveillance systems have become increasingly high-tech and complex as the industry rapidly advances. Because of this, it is getting harder to know which systems are intended for what, or what features you need. The systems are different, however, and no matter what level of features you want, you will find those features in a system designed for your application. Here are some reasons why the systems are not intended to be interchangeable.

  • Commercial Systems are not a good option for typical consumer usage because the system altogether would be complete overkill. The consumer would be left with a set of features that do not add anything to their security needs and complicate its usage. Additionally, a smaller space would impact the effectiveness of the cameras.
  • Consumer Security Camera Systems are conversely, not fit for business, professional, or commercial applications. Consumer systems do not have the features businesses need and would not be helpful in things such as combating shoplifting or useful in fighting false claims of injury. Consumer security systems are not made to power commercial grade cameras, such as infrared night vision security cameras and would render a commercial system virtually useless.

The retail, grocery, c-store, and restaurant industries have very specific security needs. S-Tron is an electronic security integrator with local and national reach specializing in meeting those needs.