How to minimize slip and fall accidents is a topic we hear often, especially when we are consulting with hotels and casinos but also many retail and shopping companies.
Imagine the scenario where a client, customer or shopper has a slip and fall accident slips on a slick patch on your floor. You might be a showroom, retail store, auto dealer or grocer. It can happen anywhere and always when it is least expected… to your client as well as you.
“According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.”
If your business has areas such as front lobbies, pool decks, hotels (baths), open shopping space, or hospitals you probably have zones where when water from spills or maintenance is introduced, and the potential for a slip and fall incident is increased. It is a fact that water on a tile floor is treacherous. In today’s litigious society the use of non-slip floors is a smart investment. Consider that the average slip/fall settlement approached six figures over a decade ago, and continues today to be an expensive problem. Having non slip floors is no longer optional; slippery floors are a liability you cannot ignore and you simply must provide a safe environment.
And an injured party seeking to go to trial won’t find it very difficult. In order to qualify for a premises liability case, the slip and fall must involve only a few factors, which prove that the property owner caused the accident and that he or she is responsible for your injuries and recovery
- The injured party was on the property legally, such as being invited by the owner or working there, and were not trespassing.
- The owner knew about the dangerous condition on the property, but did not fix it or provide proper warning.
- The injuries being claimed came directly from the slip and fall accident.
“Slip and fall accidents occur when a pedestrian suddenly loses his or her footing while walking. This can be due to suddenly losing traction with the ground due to slippery surfaces, losing balance due to uneven ground, or tripping over an unexpected hazard.”
Fortunately, there have been advances in slip resistant coatings, and new products in commercial flooring, that can minimize slip and fall accidents from occurring in your business.
Flooring Foundation uses technology that can make any ceramic, tile, stone, or agglomerate surface extremely slip resistant through micro-etching. The anti-slip coating does not look rough to the human eye, but with a high-powered microscope it looks like the textured surface with millions of peaks and valleys. When a shoe makes contact with the wet tile, water is evacuated, forming a suction that creates a non-slip surface, unlike other non-slip floor coatings that are merely a topical adhesive
According to the 2003 National Safety Council, compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents was approximately $70 billion ; imagine how much it might be today? How to minimize slip and fall accidents? Protect your business from the exposure to legal costs today. Flooring Foundation offers testing and reporting to illustrate the slip coefficiency of your flooring, to demonstrate that your surfaces are at safe levels. Let us offer a consultation as to the “slip condition” of your flooring currently, and how we can help to make your space safer.