Slip Resistance Testing

Slip and Fall Statistics, Information and Testing
Slip Free Systems offers ADA slip resistance testing services.

Call to set up an appointment for testing services at your location in the Houston and surrounding area. Your testing service includes consultation with our slip fall expert and a detailed report of the results.

 

Do your floors pass ADA Compliance? Have you been threatened with a lawsuit? Are your employees less productive because of hazards in the workplace?
A common problem with the food industry is that so often ceramic tile is installed in the kitchen and serving areas only to find out that it is nearly impossible to stand on once it begins to get soiled. Grease and contaminants get caught in the tiny microscopic holes in the tiles and they become an accident waiting to happen. This is also a common problem for industrial areas where grease and oil from machinery frequently find their way to the walkways and production areas.
We invite you to call and arrange for one of our trained flooring specialist to come and perform a surface inspection of your flooring for slip, trip and fall hazards. In addition to this surface inspection we will apply the industries most advanced technology by testing the static co-friction levels with our English XL Tribometer which is specially designed for accurate surface testing.

Included with our inspection you will receive a confidential report of the results including actual co-friction numbers needed to prove your compliance.

At Slip Free Systems we are always concerned about safety. Using our English XL Tribometer we are able to measure the slip resistance of your existing floors and your new slip free floor after installation so you can rest assured that your new slip free floor meets OSHA and ADA standards.

Arrange a consultation with our Slip Fall Expert Witness to identify hazards before they become a lawsuit.
Statistics call attention to the importance of a safety plan:

• Slip-Falls are the number one cause of accidents in Hotels, Restaurants and Public Buildings; 70% occur in flat and level surfaces
• Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 15-24 years.
• 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition)
• 22% of slip/fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work (US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2002).
• Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).
• Slip-Falls are the number one cause of accidents in Hotels, Restaurants and Public Buildings; 70% occur in flat and level surfaces
• Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.
• Total injuries due to falls estimated at $13-14 million per year in U.S. Falls are the number one cause of accidental injury, resulting in 20.8 percent of all emergency room visits in 1995. (Motor vehicle accidents accounted for 11.9 percent of ER visits.)
• Falls account for 87% of all fractures among people over the age of 65 and are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury.
• According to Workers Compensation statistics from ITT-Hartford Insurance Company, falls account for 16% of all claims and 26% of all costs. This compares to 33% of costs associated with sprains and strains.
Don’t feel like you need to be convinced? Do you just need a solution to your slippery floor? Visit our “Safety Solution” page for a simple resolution to your slippery floor problem.

SLIP FREE ADVANTAGES
• Complies with USDA and FDA Standards.
• Complies with “OSHA Standards 29 CFR-1 910 Level Surface — Slip index of 0.50.
• Complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Level Walkways- Slip index of 0.60, and Ramps— Slip index of 0.80
• Surface Profilers may be applied on concrete & tile floor substrates.
• Surface Profilers can be used with clear coats, pigmented coatings or high-tech chemical resistant systems.

CAUTION: When inquiring or ordering a new flooring systems be sure to specify what conditions are typical to the floor and how anti slip it needs to be under those conditions.

At Slip Free Systems we predominantly use an aluminum oxide additive to add texture and profile to the floor. This aggregate comes in grits, similar to that of sandpaper, the higher the grip the smoother the surface, the lower the grit, a rougher texture is achieved.
Smart Reading on Slips, Trips and Falls

Construction’s “Fatal Four” United States Department of Labor

Out of worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2014, 874 or 20.5% were in construction―that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. BLS reports.

#1 Cause of Fatal Falls in the USA in calendar year 2014:
349 out of 874 total accidental deaths were caused by Slips and Falls (39.9%) in the construction industry in 2014.

You cant prevent the inevitable but you can definitely decrease the chances of slips, trips and fall and the lawsuits they bring by taking a proactive approach to preventing accidents before they occur. From the CDC.gov: (source)
Falls Are Serious and Costly

One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.1,2

Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.3

Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.3

Each year at least 250,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.5

More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,6 usually by falling sideways.7

Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).8

Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $34 billion annually.8 Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.
Business Owners-Ask these questions:

Did the hazardous condition or obstacle exist long enough that a reasonable property owner or employee could have taken action to eliminate the hazard?

Did the property owner or employee have a policy of routinely checking for potential hazards on the property, and if so, is there some sort of log or other record of whether the procedure was followed immediately before the accident?

Was there a reasonable justification for the creation of the potential hazard? And if so, did this justification still exist at the time of the slip or fall?

Could the hazardous condition have been made less dangerous through preventive measures such as relocating the hazard, placing adequate warning signage in the area, or preventing access to the location?

Was poor lighting or limited visibility a factor in causing the slip and fall?
Answer these questions truthfully about your business…will you be next in line for a lawsuit?

Negligence is Life and Death

As a responsible business owner it is your job to provide a safe working environment for your employees and for your customers and guests. At Slip Free Systems we offer the invitation to have us come out and test your floors slip coefficient of friction for a small fee. We will test your floor and document in writing that your floors meet or exceed the nationally recognized ATSM standard or make recommendations of how to get your walking surfaces in compliance. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Be pro-active, get tested and get solutions when needed.