It is a sad fact of life in the 21st century that many people will look for any excuse that they can to extract money from others. This includes ambulance-chasing lawyers who are only too glad to provide their services for free to people who have suffered an injury as a result of negligence on the part of someone else, even if the “someone else” didn’t realise they could be accused of negligence. Those lawyers win most of the cases and collect a nice fat 25% commission in the process. When you consider that damages can run into the hundreds of thousands, it’s no wonder they are happy to make no charge unless they win.
Unfortunately, in this case, the loser can be you, if a court decides that you were negligent, even if you didn’t know you were being negligent. Slips and falls on floor surfaces account for about 40% of ALL serious injuries reported in the workplace, according to the HSE, and you can still be found to blame even though you didn’t know that your floor surface was dangerous, and even though you have your cleaners regularly clean it.
Floor surfaces vary considerably, and some floor surfaces are fine when they are dry and downright dangerous if something wet gets spilled on them. Others are inherently dangerous. The problem is, how do you know, and what can you do about it?
4Earth Solutions is a specialist in nothing but floor surfaces and can carry out a floor slip test for you very easily. Slip resistance testing is conducted using a process known as the Pendulum Test and will determine the safety or otherwise of your floor surface. The slip resistance test will produce a figure on a sliding scale and the safety mark is 36. If your floor is 36 or over, the courts regard it as safe.
What do you do if the figure is less?
Easy. We have a wide range of anti-slip floor treatments that we can apply which will bring your particular floor surface not just up to 36, but well above it.