The Problems Caused By Unsafe Floor Surfaces

If you operate any sort of business, the law requires that you do certain things. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and, where necessary, take action to address them. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.

Unfortunately, the major cause of injuries in the workplace are slip, trip, and fall accidents, and slipping is often caused by spills of contaminants on the floor. Some floor surfaces are inherently slippery. Others may be safe when dry, but can become dangerous when wet, even though it may only be water that has been spilled. Water can also be tramped in from outside when it is raining, especially in somewhere like a supermarket where there is a constant stream of customers going in and out.

Unfortunately for business owners, if slip and fall accidents occur, there is an army of solicitors who are only too keen to issue proceedings against you for huge amounts of compensation for anyone who has slipped and been injured on your premises. They do this on a “no win, no fee” basis, so the injured party has nothing to lose, and the solicitor has a nice fat fee, which is usually 25% of any damages you are required to pay, to gain. So the only real loser is you – the business owner.

This is why it pays dividends to ensure that your floor is in safe condition at all times. At 4Earth Solutions we can undertake a slip resistance test of your floor in both dry and wet conditions. This is known as the Pendulum Test and uses a piece of equipment which replicates the action of a heel on your floor. If your floor passes the test, you are safe, and if any action is taken against you, you will be able to prove the floor was safe.

However, if your floor is not safe, we can apply an anti-slip treatmentto it in order to bring it up to a recognised safe level.

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