Maintenance of the floors and tricky areas in a California business may sometimes be seen as a less important chore and fall to the wayside. However, when business owners consider the statistics provided by Grainger that slip-and-fall accidents account for about a quarter of all injury claims every year, the importance of slip-and-fall proofing cannot be ignored.
There are several potential causes of slip-and-fall accidents. Damaged steps, unsecured electrical cables, excessive clutter, missing floor tiles, loose carpeting, uneven walking surfaces and wet floors are just a few of the hazards that can be avoided with a little maintenance.
How to reduce hazards
When using slip-resistant mats in areas where it is more likely for people to slip, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors recommends that mats with holes and slots in them be used to allow for drainage of any spills. Beveled edges can also lower the chances that passers-by will trip on the mats themselves.
Where floors are made of a material that provides less friction, it is possible to improve safety without completely changing the materials being used. In some tiles, for instance, chemical etching can be used to improve the roughness of the surface.
Whether a surface has been chemically etched or not, it is important to sweep and mop regularly. If dirt and other materials begin to clog the cracks and pores in tiles and other surfaces, they can actually become smoother, making slip-and-fall accidents much more likely. The recommended coefficient of friction in any public area is 0.8 for ramps and 0.6 for flat surfaces.