Commercial Floor Mats
Slips, Trips & Falls Causes Fifty five percent of slip, trip and fall accidents are caused by perilous walking surfaces.

Slip-and-fall accidents in the workplace

An astounding 15% of all accidental deaths in the United States are caused by slip, trip and fall (STF) accidents - a grim runner-up to the number one cause of accidental deaths: motor vehicle accidents. Data provided by the National Floor Safety Institute (a not-for-profit organization replica watches aimed at preventing slip, trip and fall accidents) shows that over one million hospital emergency room visits yearly are from slip and fall accidents. And according to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health replica watches (a department of the Center for Disease Control), on-the-job slip, trip and fall (STF) accidents lower worker productivity, increase the number of sick time and result in costly worker compensation claims; these findings are echoed by the NFSI's published statistics stating slip and fall accidents are the primary cause of lost days from work.

The US Department of Labor says that SFT accidents make up the majority of general industry accidents.

So, What's a STF Accident?

Slip: When a surface becomes wet or oily, whether from a rainstorm, leaks or debris, slip accidents and injuries are possible.

Trip: Uneven floors, bunched carpeting or floor mats, protrusions or depressions in the floor can cause unsteady footing and result in tripping.

Fall: Poorly maintained stairways and ladders can cause falls, as can slip and trip accidents.

Cause and Effect

Slip, Trip and Fall accidents, the third largest cause of all workplace injuries, occur when insufficient friction between a person's feet and the walking surface result in lost balance - often leading to sprains, bruises, fractures, lacerations, disability and tragically, death. And, according to the NFSI, more than half of these accidents occur because of compromised walking surfaces.

If the opening statistics didn't drive it home, perhaps this will: the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) attributes more than two million fatal fall injuries per year to floors and flooring materials.

Prevention – Simple & Effective

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their on-the-job employees. And while this seems like a weighty responsibility, with the correct placement and use of commercially available non-slip rubber mats, slip and fall injuries and their costly consequences can be avoided.

Serious slip and fall injuries occur in entrances, foyers and reception areas where the effects of inclement weather (rain, snow, ice, mud and debris) bring the hazards of the elements indoors. All-weather commercial entrance mats remove and trap moisture and debris below foot level and are the simplest and most cost effective way for an employee to address these hazards to their employees. By installing floor mats with textured surfaces, employers can increase traction in even the wettest environments.

Likewise, any interior areas of the workplace which may become wet such as coffee bars, water fountains, sinks, restrooms, food preparation areas and janitorial closets should be fitted with absorbent floor mats to reduce employee risk and limit costly accidents. In spaces where contamination may be a concern (like janitorial closets), specially formulated mats not only trap moisture and prevent STF accidents, but anti-microbial compounds deter bacterial growth and resist breakdown by chemicals and oils.