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Slips and falls account for a huge amount of damages claims in the UK every year. Leaving aside the moral aspect of a dangerous floor for a moment, the fact is that if people slip on your floor as a result of it being wet or in a dangerous condition it is going to cost you money.

Slips and falls are the biggest cause of injuries in the UK. The Labour Force Survey states that in 2016/2017 workers self-reported 609,000 non-fatal injuries and employers reported 70,116 employee non-fatal injuries. The LFS estimated that 175,000 injuries caused over 7 days absence from work, while a further 434,000 injuries caused less than 7 days absence.

Welcome to my first blog of 2017 (Business has been so busy lately!). This blog will be addressing issues surrounding floor safety.

After independent pendulum testing 4Earth Solutions were called in to advise management at a train station on how to resolve slip issues on the terrazzo of two train platforms.

Slip Issue: After several slip incidents on newly laid tiles, the owners of a Health Spa went back to the tile distributor and with their assistance contracted a fim to install a well known anti slip product. In tandem with the anti slip product the Spa staf were instructed to clean the flors regularly with a cleaning product made by the same company.

4Earth Solutions highlight why many floors are still being mis-sold, some architects and designers unintentionally mis-specify and flooring contractors, through no fault of their own, sometimes install floors that are not all that they should be!

We have all at some time or another struggled to keep our feet on a slippery wet floor. Whether it is at home, at work, or whilst out shopping. Supermarkets, fast food outlets and shopping centres are just a few of the places where the risk of injury from something as simple as how we walk on a floor, are all too common.

Slip Claims are quickly becoming the biggest problem for insurance companies in the UK, catching up with non fault motor claims.

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