Going out on the town is a great way to have fun, meet new and old friends, and simply enjoy life. Whether it’s visiting a bar, tavern, nightclub, restaurant, or similar establishment, most excursions end without incident.
However, there are times when disagreements can turn into fights. Other times (and for various reasons), patrons will fall or otherwise hurt themselves. Then there are unforeseen situations like equipment failure, structural damage, employee injury, and more.
Given all this, it’s essential for you as an owner to have adequate and comprehensive insurance coverage to protect against any variety of scenarios. Use this advice to be certain you’re always covered:
Know the Facts
While most patrons come and go in peace, there are times when incidents occur that might warrant a lawsuit. According to the National Restaurant Association, the most common reasons bar and tavern owners are sued include:
Being aware of potential disasters empowers you to take action to prevent their occurrence.
Place a Priority on Safety
Written policies and procedures are one way to be sure all employees are on the same page. Previously-established and well-documented policies are also useful if your establishment is sued.
Make sure employees are constantly aware of potential hazards and are vigilant about taking precautions (being proactive). Safety and security is the responsibility of everyone. For instance, if a floor has recently been cleaned, make sure a highly-visible sign is prominently placed to inform everyone of the situation.
Furthermore, team members must not take lightly potentially-damaging scenarios. There’s nothing funny about intentionally serving alcohol to a minor, allowing/provoking a bar fight, or altering customer food and drinks. Employees who exhibit this behavior should be immediately reprimanded and even terminated.
Put Safeguards in Place
Along with clear policies and procedures, train staff to recognize impending danger. For instance, highly-intoxicated guests are more likely to start a fist-fight than those who are merely enjoying an after-work or pre-dinner cocktail.
This is not to suggest employees should engage in any kind of profiling. Instead, it’s the responsibility of every team member to recognize potentially-unruly behavior and take action before it can happen.
If your establishment serves food, anyone involved in the preparation, cooking, and serving must be highly-trained on food safety precautions and confident to speak up when/if they see or suspect an unsafe food service situation.
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