Preventing commercial and Industrial slip and falls in Queen Creek
Are you a commercial or industrial business struggling with slip and falls? Walkway Management Group of Arizona are here to help. Slip and falls might seem unavoidable. It seems like a slip can come at any time and there’s not much you can do to stop it. Well this is incorrect. You can prevent a slip and fall in your workplace right now. If you havent made preventative measures and one occurs? You could be held legally liable. Personal injury attorneys can specialize in slip and fall accidents, and will asses the worth of a case well before they even take on a client. They can appraise your companies wealth based on proprietary equipment, number of employees, and income. However if you have taken the proper the safety precautions they may decide you weren’t at fault. So lets try and understand the forces at play here.
All slips happen because of friction. Friction is the resistance generated when pushing an object on a flat surface. The third law of thermodynamics states: all actions have an equal and opposite reaction. So when you push forewords on an object there will be a force pushing back. Now because gravity is pushing down, and the surface is pushing up this generates energy. Have you ever rubbed your hands together until they became warm? or have you ever seen tires smoking after a burnout? This is the same law of nature that causes a slip. Think of a figure skater gliding on ice. This happens because the force they exert is greater than the force resisting. We call this figure the “slip coefficient of friction” (CoF for short). So the smaller the CoF, the more likely you will slide, and therefore the more likely an injury will happen.
what you can do:
Now that we understand the forces at play lets find solutions.
- Safety Information –
Make sure you communicate to your staff. Let them know who to contact in the case of a spill, make sure that you have janitorial staff always available. Your employees also need to know their rights. Give them easy access to safety information. So place a billboard in breakrooms, bathrooms, or entryways. Host monthly protocol meetings, just spend 30 minutes in the morning going over some safety measures. This could also boost morale.
- Speak To Your Insurance –
Communicate with your insurance provider. In the event there is a slip and fall and the victim seeks reimbursement, their attorney and your insurance will talk. Depending on your coverage their case may be resolved entirely, however for this to happen you have to prove that you created a safe working environment. If you haven’t your company (or you) may have to pay the claim in full.
- Testing and Etching –
The only sure fire way to prevent a slip is a good treatment plan. With a tribometer you can find the exact CoF of your floors. From there you can determine the proper treatment. Traction enhancing products such as ‘Boost’ etching agents will raise the CoF to safe levels. After an etching make sure that your janitorial staff is provided with the exact treatment plan you have been given. As some cleaners may cause a reaction.
how we can help:
WMGAZ makes friction our focus. The first step in finding a treatment for you is using our ‘BOT3000E’ tribometer to find the exact slip coefficient of friction. Once we determine mathematically how slippery your floors are we can find a course of action. Using our friction maximizing ‘boost’ agents we can lower the chances of you falling by adding unnoticeable nanoparticles to the top layer of your flooring. Afterwards we will find a treatment to keep your floors safe and sound. All it takes is a clean, an etch, and a buffer, and we can extend the lifespan of your floors three to seven years. Call today to schedule an appointment at 480-454-8644