Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

slip and falling

Preventing slips and falls should be a top priority for any business operator, property manager, or owner. An injury to a worker or customer caused by a slip and fall accident can be extremely costly due to loss business or being held legally liable.

Some statistics:

  • In Canada 42,000 workers get injured annually due to fall accidents. This number represents 17% of “time-loss” injuries accepted by WCB (2011). 66% of falls happen from slips and trips (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety).
  • Over 1 million people suffer injury due to slip-and-fall accidents each year.
  • One in three people over 65 fall every year.
  • The average cost of a slip-and-fall injury is over $15,000+ which includes lost wages, medical expenses, emergency room, and home health care.

Victims of slip and fall injuries can be entitled to benefits such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, earning potential, and pain and suffering. There is no shortage of lawyers ready to take on these cases as proven by a quick search on Google.

Why do slips happen?

Slips happen when there is too little friction or traction between the footwear and the walking surface usually caused by:

  • wet or oily surfaces
  • spills
  • flooring that have uneven degree of traction in all areas
  • rainy conditions
  • poor quality floor finish
  • flooring that has deteriorated due to everyday use

Preventable Measures

There are measures that can be taken by every establishment to prevent slip and fall accidents and having a caution board sign that shows “slippery when wet” or “caution” is NOT the answer.

  • providing the area with good environment lighting
  • cleaning all spills immediately
  • mopping and sweeping wet areas and debris from the floors
  • covering cables that cross walkways
  • securing mats, rugs, can carpets that do not lay flat
  • installing a good nonslip floor coating with COF over 0.5 when dry or wet.

If you have slippery floor problems and is thinking about replacing your floors, a lot of times that is NOT the answer. Many new floors are extremely slippery when wet, especially ones that are glazed. Even if you do replace your flooring it’s a good idea to consider an anti-slip coating for safety and for the longevity of your floors.

Contact us now and we’ll help you find a solution.