Why matting? Slip

It is reported that slips, trips and falls cause the majority of general industry accidents a fact that employers cannot ignore! In the U.S. they cause 15% of all accidental work-related deaths and are second only to motor accidents as a cause of fatalities, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Statistics issued by the UK's HSE (Health & Safety Executive) show slipping and tripping to be the single most common cause of injuries in the UK workplace. In 2005/2006, slip and trips represented 36% of the total number of reported major injuries in the workplace, and of this figure, 19% involved slipping on a wet substance or surface. In addition, slips and trips are often the cause of accidents, which are attributed to other reasons such as machinery incidents and falls from heights.

Accidents in the workplace not only place a heavy strain on the individuals and families concerned, but are costing employers millions of pounds as workers are forced to spend time away from work. Employers also face the risk of litigation and the additional burden of a down turn in productivity, production delays, overtime, extra temporary labor and training costs.

In the U.S. occupational injuries involving floors, walkways and ground surfaces resulted in private sector workers spending 234,430 days away from work (in 2005), representing 19% of the total. The UK reports a burden on the health services with slip and trips accounting for 698,336 hospital bed days in 2002/03, whilst accident involving car occupants accounted for only 82,395.

These worrying facts, combined with an increased awareness about public liability, make the issue of slip resistance in the workplace of global concern and as important as ever. Looking for the causes of slips of trips is therefore vital and emphasizing the importance of floor safety cannot be overstated, particularly where the floor surface is likely to be slippery or hazardous. According to safety advice issued by Canada's OHS Reps organization common causes of slips include:

  • an inappropriate floor surface e.g. smooth, shiny tiles in a wet area
  • slippery floor surfaces- e.g. oily, icy, wet or dusty
  • poor housekeeping – e.g. spills not cleaned up immediately
  • inappropriate or sudden changes in floor surfaces and inappropriate drainage e.g. liquid and waste from machinery leaking onto floors

Plastex industrial and commercial use products are tested to International standard DIN 51130 for slip resistance using the following method: The specimen material is inclined with a person, wearing calibrated footwear, standing on the wetted surface, until a slip occurs. Dependent on the angle of inclination when the slip occurs, an appropriate 'R' rating is given.

SLIP RESISTANCE CLASSIFICATION
Incline from 3° to 9° R9
Incline from 10° to 19° R10
Incline from 19° to 27° R11
Incline from 27° to 35° R12
Incline from 35° R13

IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC MATTING OR FLOORING PROBLEM RELATED TO TRIPS AND FALLS WE ARE LIKELY TO BE ABLE TO OFFER A SOLUTION.

Here are some typical applications and the product solutions we offer:

WET AREAS
Slip resistant matting is vital wherever water may be present and where there is a need to maintain safe and hygienic conditions, especially in public places such as jetties, around swimming pools, in shower rooms and in changing areas.

Slip resistant ranges we recommend for barefoot and wet areas:

WORKING ENVIRONMENTS
Underfoot safety in manufacturing, production, sorting lines and workstations is needed to help protect employees from grease and water spillages and the debris that can cause accidents.

Slip resistant ranges we recommend for working environments:

EXTERNAL WALKWAYS
All-weather matting provides safe and slip resistant access on flat and sloping public walkways to high level roofs and gantries.

Slip resistant ranges we recommend for external walkways:

ENTRANCES
Plastex high performance entrance flooring systems will prevent dirt from entering buildings, keep shoes clean and effectively reduce cleaning and maintenance costs.

Slip resistant ranges we recommend for entrances: