The dangers of a slippery floor
Slip, trip and fall accidents are a big issue in the UK with over 10,000 major injuries sustained each year.
50% of all public reported injuries are slip, trip and fall with a cost of over £130 million a year to the health service.
These accidents are said to be the main driver of insurance premiums with the average claim being in excess of £8000.
More serious is the incalculable human cost of these accidents. They result in over 2 fatalities every year.
How are these accidents happening?
We’ve found that the most common slip risk tends to be outside entrance stone flooring becoming wet. Many commercial buildings have highly polished concrete or granite entrances which can become extremely slippery when the weather turns to rain, sleet or snow. This problem is sometimes ‘solved’ by putting out caution signs. Caution signs on their own only serve to legally remove responsibility from the owners of the building when an accident occurs. These floors need to have their slip factor reduced in order to stop accidents happening altogether.
A common slip and trip risk in domestic environments is polished natural stone used around swimming pools. Thankfully this problem is usually addressed at the design stage by the architects however it can be overlooked.
How can we help?
Thankfully we can solve the problem of slippery floors without the need to replace the stone with more textured alternatives. Granite floors can be gas-flamed in order to remove their polished finish and reduce the slip factor. This is a specialist procedure that is usually undertaken outside office hours following all health and safety regulations.
Other slippery stone floors including concrete are resurfaced using a technique known as bush-hammering. This is achieved with a grinding machine and a specially modified head. The pounding action of the head develops a textured surface on the stone. The degree of texture can be varied on most natural stones to give a fine, medium or rough appearance.
If you have a problem with slippery floors in your workplace or home, please contact us to discuss how we can help and arrange a free, no-obligation survey.