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Document ID (ISN)112286
CIS number 12-0289
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Verma S.K., Lombardi D.A., Chang W.R., Courtney T.K., Huang Y.H., Brennan M.J., Mittleman M.A., Ware J.H., Perry M.J.
Title Rushing, distraction, walking on contaminated floors and risk of slipping in limited-service restaurants: A case-crossover study
Bibliographic information Aug. 2011, Vol.68, No.8, p.575-581. Illus. 31 ref.
Internet access Rushing_distraction_walking_on_contaminated_floors_[BUY_THIS_ARTICLE] [in English]
Abstract This nested case-crossover study examined the association between rushing, distraction and walking on a contaminated floor and the rate of slipping, and whether the effects varied according to weekly hours worked, job tenure and use of slip-resistant shoes. At baseline, workers from 30 limited-service restaurants in the United States reported average work hours, average weekly duration of exposure to each transient risk factor and job tenure at the current location. Use of slip-resistant shoes was determined. During the following 12 weeks, participants reported weekly their slip experience and exposures to the three transient exposures at the time of slipping. Among 396 participants providing baseline information, 210 reported one or more slips with a total of 989 slips. Rate of slipping was 2.9 times higher when rushing as compared to working at a normal pace. Rate of slipping was also significantly increased by distraction (relative risk (RR) 1.7) and walking on a contaminated floor (RR 14.6). Use of slip-resistant shoes decreased the effects of rushing and walking on a contaminated floor. Rate ratios for all three transient factors decreased as job tenure increased.
Descriptors (primary) slippery floors; restaurants; risk factors; falls on the level
Descriptors (secondary) USA; speed of work; mental workload; length of service; case-control study; non-slip soles
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Mental workload
Hotels and restaurants