Preventing commercial and Industrial slip and falls in Apache Junction
Are you a commercial or industrial business struggling with slippery floors? Walkway Management Group of Arizona are here to help. Slip and falls might seem unavoidable. Like it could come at any moment but there’s not much you can do to avoid it. This is incorrect. If you haven’t made preventative measures and a slip and fall occurs You could be held legally liable. Personal injury attorneys can and will asses the worth of a case well before they even take on a client. They can evaluate your companies wealth based on proprietary equipment, number of employees, and revenue. However if you have taken the proper the safety precautions you may not have to pay at all. 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. 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 friction, and it’s the same law of nature that causes a slip. Think of a figure skater that glides on ice. This happens because the resistance is less than the force of them pushing. We call this figure the “slip coefficient of friction” (CoF for short). 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 –
Communicate to your staff. Let them know who to contact in the case of a spill, make sure that you have janitorial staff available. Your employees also need to know their rights. Give them easy access to safety information. Put up 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, leaving you with a happier staff.
- Speak To Your Insurance –
In the event there is a slip and fall, the victim may seek reimbursement, their attorney and your insurance will communicate. So mkae sure you understand your coverage well before the accident occurs. 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 best way to stop an accident is a treatment plan. A tribometer can find the 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