New government regulations, increased
costs, and an increase in lawsuits have created a challenge
for businesses. The challenge is to avoid the costs and
downtime associated with injuries which occur during a
slip and fall “accident”.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of
Labor Statistics, slip and falls on a level surface occur
approximately 16,500 times per year. Add these numbers
to the thousands of injuries that occur annually in the
public sector and the magnitude of the problem becomes
very real. To prevent litigation there are several things
that can be done.
1. Be certain that the floors are being properly cared
for. Keeping the floor dry and clean should be your #1
concern for safety.
2. Proper floor mats at entry ways will not only remove
dirt from shoes, but also remove water. The mats must
be long enough to allow several footsteps per foot to
properly remove dirt and water.
3. Use floor products that are highly slip resistant.
4. Have appropriate wet floor signs on hand throughout
your facility so that employees do not have to search
for them thereby allowing more time for an accident to
Establishing the above safety precautions can reduce liability
and even allow for gaining a discount on workers comp.
and insurance premiums. We use a high gloss, high solids
metal interlocking wax, which produces a magnificent gloss.
It is a very tough and durable product designed for minimum
maintenance. Excellent scuff/heel mark resistance. It
has an impressive lay down gloss and can be high speed
buffed to maintain the luster. Dependent upon the traffic
flow in your facility and, if floors are cared for daily
as described above, you can maintain your floor gloss
with regular scrubbing and buffing on a weekly, bi-monthly,
or monthly floor care program.