Slip And Falls And Tile: How To Keep People From Falling On Your Businesses Tile Floor

Posted on: 18 July 2016

The National Safety Council states that around 25,000 people are involved in slip and fall accidents every day, costing businesses $3.5 million dollars every hour. As a business owner, you will want to do everything you can to help prevent this from occurring. Here are a few different ways you can help prevent slip and fall accidents if your business has tile flooring.

Select a Tile That Isn't Slippery

One of the first ways to help prevent a slip and fall in your accident is to select tile flooring that is not slippery. For example, a ceramic tile has more friction than a marble one. When you are looking to buy tile flooring, you will want to pay close attention to the static coefficient of friction rating for the tile. The lowest rating is a 0.1 rating, which is the most slippery. The highest rating is a 1.0, which means the tile has a lot of friction and is not easy to slip over. The more friction a tile has, the less likely it will be that someone will slip on it helping to prevent slip and fall accidents in your business.

Use a Floor Mat

Another way to prevent a slip and fall accident in your store is to place floor mats near the doors so people can wipe their wet or muddy feet after entering your store. This can help prevent them from slipping if they step onto your tile with wet feet. However, not just any doormat will do. Some mats can bunch or wrinkle, causing them to be a tripping hazard. When placing a mat, ensure you are using a high-traction mat or one with a slip-resistant backing. This ensures you are reducing the risk of slips and falls while also not introducing a new one.  

Properly Maintain Your Tile

The last way you can prevent slip and fall accidents from occurring on your business tile is to properly maintain the tile. Properly cleaning the tile and using products recommended by the manufacturer is one thing to do to maintain the tile. Using the wrong products can make a tile slippery or cause the finish to wear off, which can affect the friction. Also, check your tiles for cracks or chips and have repairs made as needed. These chips and cracks can be tripping hazards.

Every business should take preventative measures to prevent slip and fall accidents from occurring in their business. This is because personal injury lawsuits can occur if you don't take any action and a customer or employee slips and is injured. Select a tile with a high static coefficient of friction rating, using the right floor mat and properly maintaining your tile are a few of the things you can do to prevent these accident from occurring. If you are in the market for a new tile for your business, a remodeling contractor can work with you to install a tile that has friction or can have friction or tread added to it, to help decrease the likelihood of someone slipping and falling in your business. To learn more about tile, contact a company likeBig John's Closeouts

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