Most people assume that dirty floors are to blame when slip-and-fall accidents occur. While wet, soapy, oily, or damaged flooring is usually responsible for these types of accidents, floor mats are too.
How big of an issue are slips, trips and falls?
Data published by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) shows how an estimated eight million Americans visit emergency rooms following falls each year. At least one million of those visits happen because of a slip-and-fall incident. Insurance analysts suggest that companies could significantly reduce these incidents by choosing their floor mats more wisely.
Can mats prevent slip and falls?
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), or ANSI/NFSI, created a Standard Guide for Commercial Entrance Matting in Reducing Slips, Trips and Falls, known as ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012. They outline how mats help prevent slips and falls by trapping moisture and other debris that individuals track into buildings. They warn that not all mats are effective at doing this, though.
What floor mats are best, and where should you place them?
The ANSI/NFSI argues that companies should purchase NFSI-approved floor mats with a rubber backing as these are most apt to stay in one place. They note that these shouldn’t exceed one-quarter inch in thickness and that they should feature contrasting colors and a 1:2 ratio beveled edge for enhanced visibility. They note that these companies shouldn’t just place these nearby entryways, but also along with any highly-trafficked areas or anywhere where water accumulates.
What else can businesses can do to prevent slips and falls?
The upkeep of these floor mats is essential. Businesses can curb injuring accidents by regularly cleaning them and discarding those that have curled up edges or other extreme wear patterns.
What can you do if you get hurt?
Slips and falls often only result in an individual suffering minor injuries such as cuts, bruises or sprains — but they can leave someone with head or brain trauma and broken bones. If you suffered a serious injury in a slip-and-fall accident, you need to know the right steps to take to get fair compensation for your losses. An experienced attorney can help protect your interests and keep the process fair.