The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW Act) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks. Slips, trips, and falls are the single biggest cause of accidents in the workplace and can result in huge claims for damages.
We are most of us aware that there is a hoard of ambulance-chasing solicitors out there who are only too happy to take on a client who has been injured as a result of an accident on an unsafe floor. They work on the basis of “no win, no fee” because they know that in most cases they can win, and they take an average of 25% of the compensation awarded against you. So, yes, they are out to get you! Not only that, if the accident was as a result of your floor being in a dangerous condition - whether you were aware of it or not – they will employ a company such as ourselves (maybe even us??) to test your floor surface using the exact same piece of equipment that we can use to test it on your behalf BEFORE an accident happens, known as the Pendulum Test. This is the only floor surface test accepted by British courts.
So rather than having your floor tested by us after an accident – and working AGAINST you (!) it is a much better idea to have us test it before an accident occurs.
You may well not be aware that your floor surface is dangerous. Many people aren’t. The Pendulum Test produces a figure on a sliding scale, and if you reach 36, your floor is safe.
If it is below that, the good news is that we can provide you with an anti-slip floor treatment which will bring it up much higher than the minimum. It is a non-slip floor coating which we can apply and will ensure that your floor is well above acceptable standards, so that you no longer have to worry about ambulance-chasing lawyers.