Applying Anti Slip Systems in Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Robert J. Hartl
January 24, 2012 — 1,660 views  
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Each year, thousands of Americans slip and fall as they travel through buildings. Some of these incidents are caused by the carelessness of those who fall, but many of them are not. If you own a building, installing anti slip materials at the right locations can protect building occupants from sipping and falling, which can protect you from lawsuits. Building systems that deter slips and falls feature anti skid material in the following locations:

Entryways - Some buildings have permanent anti slip systems in their entryways. For buildings that do not, implementing strips of anti skid tape in close proximity to each other is the best solution. Due to their hard, slick surfacing, many entryways are a magnet for slips and falls, especially in rainy or snowy weather. Installing anti skid tape can reduce slips and falls in the entryway of a building.

Steps- Stairwells are perhaps the common building area for slips and falls. Although tripping and imbalance can cause falls down stairwells, the lack of a non-slip material on the leading edge of steps is a more common cause. Slipping and falling on steps can be extremely injurious, especially when the fall begins from a high point in the stairwell. Placing a non-slip material on the leading edge of steps can help prevent falls during emergency evacuations and everyday egress situations.

Ladders- Ladders are frequently involved in slip and fall injuries, particularly when their rungs lack a non-slip material. Because falls from ladders often happen from at least three feet above the ground, the injuries they cause can be severe. Most industrial facilities have fixed ladders that access catwalks, are attached to heavy-duty equipment, and/or lead to roof areas. Outfitting these ladders with anti skid tape is an important safety measure that can prevent serious injuries.

Ramps- Falls on ramps often occur because building occupants do not use the handrail, which makes them imbalanced as they travel the ramp's angle. Anti skid material on ramps cannot help people maintain their balance like handrails can, but it can help them recover their balance by helping them regain sure footing.

Catwalks- Unlike falling in an entryway, falling on steps, falling on a ramp, or falling from most ladders, falling from a catwalk could be instantly fatal. Some catwalks are dangerous due to their height, while others are dangerous because they pass over industrial equipment such as open top processors. In these situations, catwalks are inherently dangerous, but they can be made safer by applying anti skid tape throughout the walking path.

Does Your Building Need Anti Skid Material?

A building does not need to be considered "dangerous" in terms of egress safety to benefit from anti slip material. In fact, if a building has steps, ladders, ramps, catwalks, or entryways that do not have permanent anti slip systems, applying anti skid tape can be an important measure for preventing slips and falls. To learn about the best type of anti slip system for your building, contact a supplier of anti slip egress safety products.

In researching anti slip systems, I studied the importance of applying anti-skid tape in building areas that experience a high number of slips and falls.

 

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