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How should grocery store employees treat oil spills?

On Behalf of | May 12, 2022 | Personal Injury

If you have a clean and welcoming grocery store in your neighborhood, you probably love to shop for groceries and other essential items. Still, because of labor shortages across the country, many stores are becoming untidy. If workers do not quickly clean up spilled liquids, of course, untidiness may quickly turn to catastrophe.

It is not uncommon for producers of cooking oils to put their products into glass containers. If these containers fall onto a tile or polished concrete floor and break, grocery store employers must treat the oil they spill as a customer hazard.

Mopping may not work

When liquids spill in the grocery store, employees may reach for a mop and bucket. While mopping up many spills is an effective way to keep customers safe, oil is different. If there is not enough detergent in the mop bucket, employees are likely only to spread the oil around. Ironically, this may put even more customers in danger of slipping and falling, as it increases the size of the oil spill.

Absorbent materials are adviseable

Rather than trying to mop up spilled oil, grocery store employees should use an absorbent material. According to Home Steady, kitty litter, powder laundry detergent and a few other oil-absorbent materials usually work. Furthermore, the grocery store may have a go-to substance for absorbing spilled oil.

You should be able to trust employees at the grocery store to keep you reasonably safe from slipping on spilled oil. Ultimately, if you suffer a serious injury because someone failed to clean up a spill properly, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation.