Preventing commercial and Industrial slip and falls in Mesa
Are you a commercial or industrial business struggling with slick or slippery floors? Walkway Management Group of Arizona are here to help. Slip and falls might seem like an eventuality. Like it’s just something that will happen, and there’s not much you can do to stop it. This is not true. If a slip and fall occurs, and you hadn’t tried to prevent it, you could be held liable. Personal injury attorneys asses the worth of a case well before they even take on a client. They can appraise your company’s wealth based on proprietary equipment, number of employees, and revenue. However if you have taken the proper 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 that occurs when pushing an object on a flat surface. Because gravity is pushing down, and a 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 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 their push. We call this the “slip coefficient of friction” (CoF for short). The less 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 –
Be open with your staff. Make sure they know who to contact in case of a spill. make sure your janitorial staff is always available. Give your employees easy access to safety information. Put up a billboard in breakrooms, bathrooms, or entryways. Host monthly protocol meetings, you would only need 30 minutes in the morning going over some safety measures.
- Speak To Your Insurance –
In the event there is a slip and fall, the victim may seek compensation, their attorney and your insurance will communicate. So make sure you speak with them first. Depending on your coverage their case may be covered in full, 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. you can find CoF of your floors with a tribometer. From there you can determine the proper treatment. ‘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