You hear the shoe squeak, and then the hit comes; his body comes crashing to the floor so fast there is no time to catch himself. After a few moments of silence, he realizes what the fall has done: he’s got a fractured tailbone and won’t be able to easily move about for weeks.
Slips, trips, and falls are the second most frequent cause of personal injury to the head, back, and body. They can cause head injuries, cuts, bruises, fractures, and more. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, “slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people 55 and older.”
It is reasons like these that floor slip resistance tests are a lifesaver to both the workers and the company. Depending on the situation, some floors are tested before installation for the coefficient of friction, or plausibility of slipping, and others aren’t done until after installation when a slip has already occurred.
As a business owner looking to build or remodel your own office or warehouse, you can send in flooring samples to places like Safety Direct America for a slip resistance test before you choose to install it at your new place. There are a number of ways we can do this for you:
- BOT-3000E Digital Tribometer – this is for wet surfaces, or surfaces that are likely to become wet. It can measure both the static and dynamic coefficient for both wet and dry surfaces.
- The Pendulum Method for Pedestrian Slip Resistance Testing – this is the most accepted form of pedestrian slip resistance testing worldwide.
- SlipAlert - It measures the slipperiness of a floor and has been specifically designed to simulate a real slip and to correlate with the TRL Pendulum.
- Tortus 3 – this is a friction slider mounted on a leaf spring that moves forward at a constant velocity and is able to read friction via a strain gauge.
Safety Direct America can help you decide which method is best for your situation.
If you take over an existing building to start a business, you might want to get your own slip resistance testing done before bringing in employees and beginning work. Many companies are willing to come out on site and do similar testing that they would in lab right there on your office building floors. If your floors don’t meet the standard, there are a few things you can do to help keep your employees from slipping:
- Non-Slip 21 – this is a transparent, non-abrasive, anti-slip treatment put on by a professional. It is great for decorative, colored, or nice looking floors when you don’t want the treatment to be seen. It works great for things like granite, ceramic tiles, limestone, concrete, linoleum, and more!
- Non-Skid Tapes – these are self-adhesive grip tapes you can place anywhere you’d like. They help keep people from slipping in high foot-traffic areas.
- DIY Paint-On Abrasive Anti-Slip Coatings - apply similar to any other paint. Good for use in places like hospitals, showers, walkways, restrooms, and more.
So don’t let the worker’s compensation requests pile up from slips and falls: get a slip resistance test done and ensure your flooring is ready for high foot traffic without slips!