Whatever type of franchise you own, working to minimize franchise risks just makes sense. Protect your franchise, employees and customers from everyday risks with these best practices.

Don’t rush hiring

Pre-screen potential employees and hold one or even two interviews with the same person before hiring them. A thorough hiring process will ensure the employee is a good fit for your franchise and will likely reduce turnover in the long run.

 Minimize trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls make up the majority of all general industry accidents and cause approximately 15% of accidental deaths, second only to auto accidents. To prevent slips, trips or falls, remember to remove and reduce.

Remove hazards:

  • Pick items off the floor
  • Clean up any spilled liquids
  • Avoid extension cord use

Reduce risks:

  • Secure electrical cords to walls
  • Regularly inspect chairs and stools for damage
  • Position furniture to have a clear traffic area
  • Eliminate furniture with wheels
  • Use wet floor signs

Floors and walkways should be in good condition without cracks, holes or slick spots. If rooms have dividers or varying floor heights, call attention to them with signs and tape.

Implement driver guidelines

If your franchise owns a vehicle, implement policies and guidelines around acceptable drivers and behaviors while driving. For example, all drivers should have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and should be banned from using their phone while driving.

Prepare for Mother Nature

Implement severe weather plans, so you can act quickly in the event of storm.

For winter weather, obtain proof of insurance from the snow removal company and have your contract reviewed by legal counsel. The plan should include removal whether or not your facility is open. Treat walkways and parking lots with salt or sand before, during and after a winter storm.

Always inspect your building and lot after severe weather. Remove any debris, such as tree limbs or trash. As snow or rain is tracked into your building, keep floors clean and dry, and place wet floor signs where necessary.


Despite all your prevention tactics, accidents can still happen. Protect your franchise with insurance from Lockton Affinity.