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I spent 10 years in the private club industry before pivoting into the insurance world. As a manager, two of my top concerns internally were wellbeing of my staff and team, and the budget.
Workplace injuries drive up costs in many ways and often most significantly in your insurance premiums. By investing in a safe workplace for your employees, you can achieve those two objectives.
Here are the Top 5 Workplace Injuries for Golf and Country Clubs
- Lifting & Handling: Strains and pulls (musculoskeletal)make up nearly 25% of all workplace injuries. Back pain, neck pain, leg pain can all result from lifting or handling something awkwardly or too heavy.
Solution: Encourage employees to evaluate then lift. Get help from another co-worker and use mechanical aids if available.
- Slips, Trips and Falls: Many of these happen around the kitchen and when entering the building during wet weather.
Solution: Kitchen staff must wear non-slip footwear at all times. Don’t just put mats and “slippery/wet” signs where your members enter and exit, but also where your employees do as well.
- Burns: Again, stemming from the kitchen, burns are common from hot surfaces and liquids. Often times they are the result of inexperience or haste (hot plate, hot liquid spill).
Solution: Make your staff aware of hot items or liquids. Train the new employees on potential hazards, especially if they are inexperienced in food service.
- Cuts: The Kitchen is a dangerous place. Cuts from knives and automated slicers are far too common.
Solution: Staff sharp knives must use a cut resistant glove. Train proper cutting techniques.
- Golf Cart Injuries: Golf carts can be very dangerous. Most injuries occur when staff is not using caution, have body parts hanging outside of the golf cart, or using the cart improperly (i.e. riding on the back).
Solution: Strict guidelines need to be in place and reviewed with the golf staff. Specify the proper uses of golf carts (they are not utility carts) and identify areas of caution around your facility. Under no circumstances should any person be allowed to ride on the back of a golf cart.
At Gulfshore Insurance, we specialize in insurance and risk management for golf and country clubs. We work with more than 50 clubs throughout Florida and we are happy to assist you with training materials, safety programs, and insurance for your club.
Jeffrey Sanders, TRIP is Client Advisor at Gulfshore Insurance. Jeff works with a wide range of business clients to deliver strategic risk analysis, guidance, and insurance. Comments and questions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
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