Slippery and unprotected floors can threaten the safety of your staff and customers. More often than not, these hazardous conditions can result in a slip or fall, or even worse, a lawsuit or worker’s compensation claim. Did you know that 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to slippery flooring injuries? (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition). It is important to use commercial mats in the best way possible to reduce the likelihood that an accident or lawsuit will follow. We outline the best practices to deal with slippery and unprotected floors.
Facility Maintenance 101
Establishing a schedule for facility maintenance, focusing on flooring surfaces, is key to reducing injuries in your business. Focus on entryways with heavy foot traffic and make sure slippery flooring surfaces are quickly dried and marked with a caution sign for transparency. Dirty floors should also be cleaned properly to eliminate any hazardous conditions.
Place Commercial Mats on Even Flooring
Proper commercial mat placement is also critical in reducing injuries and lawsuits. Only place commercial floor mats on even flooring surfaces that are in good condition (meaning they are not cracked, uneven, or damaged). Only place commercial mats on dry flooring surfaces. If flooring is slippery, this will compromise the effectiveness of the mat’s safety features. If mats do not grip to the flooring surfaces underneath them, this can cause a major hazard.
Monitor Interior Entrances
Interior entrances are the areas where slippery floors and unprotected surfaces are most commonly seen. Strategically place commercial entry mats by interior entrances that experience a significant amount of foot traffic. These floors are often left unprotected, creating damage over time. By utilizing commercial door mats, the flooring can remain better protected and the frequency of slip and fall injuries can be lessened.
Are you ready to protect your staff and customers from slippery flooring surfaces? Request a complimentary commercial mat rental consultation today.