90% of workplace falls occur on wet surfaces

From an article in Building Services Magazine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ST. JOSEPH, MO — Falls in the workplace cause physical and emotional pain for the victims and financial burdens for the business, and about nine out of every 10 falls happen when a person steps onto a wet surface, according to a new report from Scot Young Research.

On an annual basis, about 95 million workdays are lost due to falls, and the statistics for workplace falls are rising, according to a new white paper from SYR highlighting the dangers of wet floors in the workplace.

“A slippery or unclean floor can be one of the biggest hazards for accidents in the workplace,” concludes the report. These falls in the workplace cause sprains, broken bones, head injuries, and sometimes even death. For some individuals it means weeks of physical rehabilitation. For most it means some lost time at work.

SYR asserts that the frequency can be lowered if employers have better safety procedures, better cleaning equipment and better cleaning training for their employees.

OSHA has said the causes of a majority of slips and falls range from walkways that are contaminated, oily or wet; loose rugs or mats on the floor; spills of various materials that cause one to slip or fall; employees who are not wearing the right type of shoes/boots; weather and poorly trained employees.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the workers’ compensation costs related to falls hits $70 billion on an annual basis. Insurance companies pass their costs on to the workforce and employers. The average fall where injury occurs is followed by eight days of not working, which is two days longer than injuries due to other causes. Thirty percent of falls that happen on a flat surface result in 21 days of workdays lost.

According to Liberty Mutual, between 1998 and 2005, falls in the workplace rose by 25.6 percent. During that same timeframe, injuries from other work-related accidents had dropped. It seems obvious to the cleaning industry that companies across the U.S. need to make it a priority to enact better cleaning procedures and upgrade to better cleaning products that help ensure safety.

A Nano-Grip certified applicator can measure the SCOF level of your floors and advise whether or not your facility is in compliance with current Federally mandated standards for slip resistance. If your floors do not meet these standards, our applicator can demonstrate how an inexpensive treatment can render your walking surfaces safer wet than dry. All with no change in the feel or appearance of your floors.

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