Safety floors are designed with ‘anti-slip’ coating which provide more grip and decreases the chances of suffering a slip, trip or fall. One of the reasons why many business owners may be reluctant to install safety floors is due the perception that these surfaces are more difficult to clean and maintain.
Maintaining a safety floor
Safety floors are in fact, not much more difficult to maintain than a regular flooring surface. Although they may require somewhat more intense cleaning in order to fully remove any surface contamination, it is a relatively easy task.
How to clean a safety floor
A safety floor can be cleaned either mechanically or manually, here’s how:
- Sweep or vacuum the dirt and dust that has accumulated on the surface.
- Apply an alkaline based cleaner to the correct dilution of the affected surface. The tougher the stain, the more cleaning fluid you will need to use.
- Allow the solution to soak into the surface for a few minutes.
- Use a deck scrubber or floor polisher to remove any dirt from the surface.
- Rinse with clean water and allow the surface to dry.
The cost of not installing safety floors
When discussing the difficulty of cleaning and maintaining safety floors, perhaps it’s better to put this argument into context and compare the costs with not installing safety floors. According to statistics published by the HSE, slipping and tripping are the most common causes of work-related injuries, 90% of these slip or trip injuries result in broken bones or fractures, which requires time off work. During this time, an employer may find themselves short staffed when it comes to essential tasks in the workplace and may have to contend with paying a claim for compensation. The cost of preventing a slip, trip or fall comfortably offsets the financial repercussions that arise as the result of an accident.
Claiming compensation for a slip, trip or fall
If you’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you decide to make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline, you can be guaranteed that your slip or trip claim will made entirely on a 100% no-win-no-fee* basis. This means you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful. Contact us today for more information on 0800 689 0500. Our freephone lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by our friendly, professional advisors.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice