Slips and falls are the most common cause of accidents at work and of injuries to the public. They are responsible for over a third of all major injuries caused and over 40% of all injuries to the public that are reported. Statistics from the HSE show that most accidents are slips cause by floors that are contaminated in some way, with water, grease, food spills, and so on.
Of course, it goes without saying that any spills should be wiped up as soon as they are noticed, and yellow warning signs should be used as well. However, it is a fact that many floors are in a dangerous condition even if the owner or user of the building is unaware of it.
It is also a fact that there are many, many lawyers out there who work on a "no win, no fee" basis, and just can't wait for someone who has been injured in a fall on your premises to walk – or possibly be carried – into their office. If there is the slightest chance that your floor was the cause of the injury, then you can bet your life that you will finish up in court. If you are found guilty – whether you were aware of the condition of the floor or not – you will be paying out a small fortune in compensation. It is not too extreme to say that businesses have been ruined by such litigation.
How do you know what condition your floor is in? There is a slip resistance test that we can do at 4Earth Solutions which will determine the slipperiness or otherwise of your floor. It is called the Pendulum Test and is the only test recognised by the British courts. From everyone's point of view it is far better to have your floor tested before there is an accident rather than afterwards.
The Pendulum Test provides a reading called a PTV reading and according to the HSE the value has to be above 36 in order for the floor to be deemed low risk. Once we have tested your floor, we can provide an anti-slip treatment, if needed, to bring your floor up to a standard recognised as safe.