The Dangers Of An Unsafe Floor Surface

Slips and falls are the major cause of serious accidents in the workplace, and they can result in claims for damages that run into the hundreds of thousands. Sometimes they only cause some minor bruising, but they can cause spinal injuries, broken legs and arms, and can on occasion be fatal.

As we all know, in the world today there is an army of ambulance-chasing lawyers who are only too keen to undertake compensation claims for people who have suffered injuries, and it is not hard to see why. They work on a no win – no fee basis, but the compensation they get can often be into six figures. Their fee for a successful outcome is usually 25% of the compensation received, so a £100,000 pay-out for a client will get them a very nice few holidays. Trebles all round!

The problem is that as a business owner it is you or your insurance company that is going to have to pay. Even if you are covered by insurance your premium is going to go through the roof, and it may well be that your insurance company would argue that you are not covered because the floor was in an unsafe condition and you did nothing about it.

Quite obviously, you should keep your floor clean, and you should carry out floor deep cleaning at least once a year, and more often if you are in a business where spills are common such as food products or engineering.

Even if you do this, and your floor looks perfectly clean, it may still be in a slippery condition even if you are not aware of it. This could be because of heavy foot traffic or could be simply an inherent part of the floor's makeup.

The only way to find out is to have us carry out a Pendulum Test on your floor to determine how slippery it actually is. If it fails the test, it is not a problem because we can then apply an anti-slip floor coating that will bring it up to a recognised safe level.

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