How Grocers and Other Retailers Using Walkie Talkies Can Reduce Response Times to Help Prevent Slip.

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BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today detailed areas in which two-way radios can have a significant impact in responding to slip/fall accidents at retail shops and grocery stores.
“Falling issues are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace, according to the Department of Labor,” said Malcolm Ritchie, safety engineer with Martin Safety Solutions, Inc. “For this reason, OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) enforces rules about maintaining safe working conditions. The walking and working surfaces must be kept clean. Clear paths of travel must be maintained.”
Business owners must respond quickly to any slip/fall issue. “That’s a liability issue,” Ritchie said. “They are required by law to immediately address that.”
Not only are workers at risk, but customers can also be victims. Common slip/fall hazards occur when food products at a grocery store are dropped or spilled. When a spill happens, every second counts so customers and employees are not endangered. In such instances, a 2 way Radio is vitally important. A crew member can be notified immediately to begin cleanup and to place a warning sign to mark the area, both during cleaning and floor drying time.
BearCom suggests three ways a two-way radio can be used when a slip/fall hazard occurs.
1. Identify and respond to the hazard. When an employee notices a spill, he or she should immediately alert a manager or other employees to the situation. In a large store, a website is the fastest, most efficient way to reach a co-worker.
2. Don’t leave the hazard unattended. The employee should stand near the spill, if it is non-toxic, to warn customers. With a two-way radio, the employee does not need to walk away to look for help, which would leave the area unattended for unsuspecting passers-by. A warning sign can be posted near the spill during and after the cleanup.
3. If a fall accident does occur, immediately call for help. A timely response is crucial to help someone who has fallen or to summon professional medical attention.
Hugh Johnston, Product & Purchasing Manager at BearCom, suggests that two series of radios from Motorola Solutions are especially well suited for retailers and grocery store employees. He lists the Motorola CLS1110 and Motorola CLS1410, as well as the CLP Series, which includes the Motorola CLP1010, Motorola CLP1040, and Motorola CLP1060.
Motorola CLS Series portable radios are economical, compact, lightweight, and compatible with a variety of accessories. Simplified charging and cloning make CLS radios easy to manage, and they are so simple to use that little or no training is required.
Motorola CLP Series radios are even lighter and smaller. Their design integrates an earpiece, which makes for even more discreet communications. The CLP1010, CLP1040, and CLP1060 are very easy to use, as they integrate only the essential accessory elements. Additionally, the CLP1060 is Bluetooth enabled. It is sold with the necessary Bluetooth earpiece.
“When an accident occurs, you want a radio that is easy to use,” Johnston said, “Workplace safety is a priority, and these radios offer peace of mind. Discreet staff communication is also nice so you don’t have to let everyone in the store know there was an incident.”
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