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How can restaurants prevent slip-and-fall accidents?

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in many public places, and while you work hard to ensure that your Connecticut restaurant is safe, accidents can still happen. These incidents can easily be prevented, though, and it is important for you and your wait staff to understand how to keep customers from slipping.

Sometimes slip-and-fall accidents can be prevented if you take extra precautions. The National Restaurant Association says that you can keep patrons from falling if you ensure that spills are immediately cleaned up. Your customers should typically be warned about spills near their table so they can step carefully when they need to get up. Additionally, you should pay attention to the condition of your flooring. Dips in the floor and tears in the carpeting can cause both your customers and staff to fall.

How restaurants may handle drunk customers

When Connecticut restaurants serve alcoholic beverages, it is their task to ensure that their patrons are responsible drinkers. A previous blog discussed a restaurant’s liability if a customer caused harm while drunk. This week’s blog will discuss the ways restaurant staff can handle patrons who have had too much to drink.

There are many ways wait staff can work with their intoxicated patrons. Food Services of America says that waiters and bartenders should typically keep a close eye on customers. This helps them understand when someone has had enough to drink. Wait staff may bring people a coffee or a soda instead of another alcoholic drink, or they may ask if a patron would like something to eat so the alcohol is not absorbed so quickly.  

Connecticut woman injured by pit bull

When Connecticut residents think about dog attacks, the injuries inflicted on young children are likely the first which come to mind. However, attacks on elderly people can be just as devastating. A recent New Haven attack has demonstrated the severe impact which dog bites can have.

On July 4, a New Haven woman was taken to the hospital after being attacked by her tenant’s pit bull. She was meeting the dog for the first time when the attack occurred. A police officer has stated it is unknown whether or not this is the dog’s first attack. The department is gathering more information about the dog and keeping it in quarantine until the proper solution can be determined.

Fourth of July means increased patrols

Despite the holiday falling on a Tuesday, people across Connecticut will be hitting the roads to celebrate with family and friends. This means increased traffic and more risks for getting in an accident. 

According to the Hartford Courant, experts estimate that more than 44 million people will travel more than 50 miles over the holiday weekend, which is considered Friday through Tuesday, July 4. This is up almost three percent from last year's 2016 traffic, which was record-breaking. Being vigilant behind the wheel is especially important as more drivers mean there could be more people who are not familiar with their routes, drivers who are distracted behind the wheel, and drivers who have partied too much and should not be driving in the first place.

Surviving summer: Teen drivers

As schools across Connecticut are taking a break for the season and warmer temperatures take families on trips to the beach or on a road trip to visit family, many heave a sigh of relief that summer is here. Yet for parents across the state, the fun in the sun can turn to terror as new reports show that teen drivers are at risk.

As the CT Post reports, the 100 days between Memorial and Labor days are when teen drivers are most at risk to be involved in a fatal car crash. Compared to those over the age of 18, these drivers are almost four times as likely to be in a car crash. Several risk factors are involved, including speeding and distraction due to phone use, which in crashes with teen drivers are even more prevalent. As CNN reports, distraction caused by passengers in the car is especially significant for teen drivers. Teens who are driving with at least one passenger have a 44 percent higher chance of dying in a car crash. This statistic is the reason many states have changed the laws for young drivers to restrict who can ride along in their vehicles.

Throwing a party with underage drinking could cause big problems

It's summer, which means it is only natural for high school and college-aged kids to get together and have fun. Unfortunately, for a lot of young people, having a good time could involve the consumption of alcohol. If you discover that your parents are out of town during the upcoming weekend, you may invite a few friends over for fun. That could quickly snowball into a loud, unruly party. Even if you keep things low-key, you could be putting yourself (and your parents) at risk by serving alcohol to your underage friends. If one of them leaves while under the influence, you could be liable.

While no one should be getting behind of the wheel after drinking, teenagers and young adults that do so incur more risk than others. While adults can legally operate a vehicle if they can drive unimpaired and their blood alcohol content (BAC) is less than 0.08 percent, those under the age of 21 must have a BAC of less than 0.02 percent to legally drive. For some who are thinner, that could mean a single drink makes driving illegal. If a crash occurs, even if the driver wasn't really impaired, there could be drunk driving charges and you, as the host of the party, could be held liable for damages and injuries.

How slip-and-fall accidents be prevented?

Connecticut workers like you often have to traipse to your job in less-than-ideal conditions. It's possible that you may be facing slipping risks from ice in winter, or even from wet floors that haven't been marked properly.

The question then becomes, how can slip-and-fall accidents be prevented in your workplace? The Safety and Health Magazine has a number of guidelines that can be used to make your workplace safer by reducing the chance of someone slipping. This includes quick action, like cleaning up spills immediately, replacing all lightbulbs that burn out quickly, and picking up any clutter that may cause others to trip.

Connecticut drivers second worst in nation

Although many residents consider themselves safe drivers, NBC Connecticut reports that a new study rates drivers from Connecticut at 49 out drivers in all 50 states. Only Rhode Island drivers ranked worse. This data came from EverQuote, which created an app to measure several factors in driving safety, including how often drivers interacted with their smartphones, acceleration, turning and braking.

According to the data, Connecticut drivers exceeded the speed limit on 52 percent of drives, including aggressive acceleration on 20 percent of recorded trips. Sharp turns happened on 14 percent of trips, and hard braking was recorded in 33 percent of drives. Drivers in Connecticut also allowed themselves to be distracted by their phone on 31 percent of trips.

Connecticut's social host laws

It comes as no surprise that in Connecticut it is against the law for a person 20 years old or younger to possess alcohol or to consume alcohol. However, the state's laws go beyond the actions of any minor person involved and may also include what may be called a social host. A social host is someone of legal drinking age who may either provide alcohol to a minor or at least be aware of a minor's possession of alcohol.

As explained by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Treatment Research Institute, a social host may be an individual but it may also be a company or association. The state makes it illegal for any social host to permit a person under the age of 21 from being in possession of alcohol on any private property including a house, apartment or other private residence.

The real dangers of distracted driving

Most Connecticut residents are aware that distracted driving has been getting a lot more attention in the past few years than it had. This is with good reason as more information is coming to light showing just how dangerous this behavior really may be. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that in 2015 alone, almost 400,000 people were hurt in accidents involving a distracted driver. Almost another 3,500 died.

While a person may think that a quick glance at a phone screen is harmless, it should be remembered that every second counts. In fact, a vehicle travelling at 55 miles an hour can move 100 yards in the matter of just five seconds. A lot of damage can be done in those five seconds and over the length of a football field simply because a driver was looking at a phone instead of the road.