Preventing commercial and Industrial slip and falls in Phoenix
Are you a commercial or industrial business with hazardous slippery floors? Walkway Management Group of Arizona is here to help. Slip and falls may seem like an unavoidable part of life, like there’s not much you could do to stop one. But this is wrong. If a slip and fall happens, and you hadn’t tried to stop it, you may be seen as legally responsible. Personal injury attorneys can evaluate a case well before the take on a client. They will find your company’s wealth based on proprietary equipment, number of employees, and revenue. However if you have taken the proper precautions you may pay nothing. So lets try and understand the forces at play here.
All slips happen because of friction. Friction is the resistance that stops any object in motion. So because gravity is pushing down, and the surface the object is on is pushing up, the contradicting forces generate 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 slides smoothly on the 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 –
An informed staff is a safe one. Make sure your staff know exactly who to contact in the case of a spill, meaning your janitorial staff needs to be constantly available. Give your employees easy access to safety information as well. Put up a billboard in breakrooms, bathrooms, or entryways to tell them their rights. Host monthly protocol meetings, you would only need 30 minutes in the morning to go over safety measures. If you bring food, or make it a game out of it, this could also boost morale.
- Speak To Your Insurance –
A victim may try and seek compensation in the event of a slip and fall. In this case their attorney and your insurance will communicate. So make sure you communicate preemptively. Depending on your coverage insurance may settle the claim, however for this to happen you have to prove that you created a safe environment. If you haven’t, your company (or you) will pay the claim out of pocket.
- 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