The slick, small foot surface area of a ladder rung is one of the most dangerous places to be. When an employee must work on a ladder, a fall can cause devastating injuries — traumatic brain injury, back and spinal injuries, paralysis, and internal organ damage, to name a few.

Because of the potential for such serious consequences, prevention of falls from elevation have been the subject of regulation in an effort to reduce these incidents – see OSHA-1926-1053-a6i.

Please note: Some anti-slip measures like corrugated, knurled, or dimpled metal and gritted tape lose anti-slip properties when exposed to foot traffic. The metal ridges or grits that are meant to grip footwear simply wear down and become smooth. Inspection of current conditions is required and may reveal a need for a retrofit anti-slip cover.

Customers need the safest anti-slip… Safeguard is the only option

At Safeguard, we are all about preventing slips-and-falls, one of the top causes of injuries across all walks of life. But, safety has many facets. We always strive to meet the highest standards, like providing ASTM E84 – Class A anti-slip material. 

Materials used on interiors of vehicles, buildings, ships, and drilling rigs must be tested to be sure they allow time for safe egress in case of a fire. Flame spread (how fast fire moves) is a key concern.

Safeguard® Hi-Traction® Anti-Slip Covers with FRP base material are ASTM E84 Class A Compliant. Material rated as Class A has a lower flame spread, and therefore a better performance rating, than a Class B or C material.

We’ve had a long, successful partnership with folks in the transportation industry,  keeping the interiors of trains, school buses, motor coaches, and more slip-free while also complying with stringent FR specs. Can we help you improve safety, too? Contact Us.

 

 

ASTM E84 – Class A anti-slip material
Safeguard Hi-Traction anti-slip material undergoes ASTM E84 testing
Anti-Slip marine steps with Anti-Slip Step Covers for Steep Stairs
Anti-Slip Marine Steps

Anti-Slip step covers made especially for steep stairs

Seafaring vessels are known
for having steep stairs along with hazardous conditions that require effective anti-slip treatment.

Safeguard products are known
for preventing slips-and-falls in the most challenging environments on the
planet.

So, when some of our marine customers mentioned that the grit on the vertical lip of our anti-slip step covers scraped the backs of their calf when descending steep stairs, we went to work designing the Calf-Saver ™.

As a result, the Calf-Saver™ option strikes a balance between gritted area and smooth area to stop slips AND scrapes!

Anti-Slip grit is strategically placed on step covers for steep stairs

Need anti-slip step covers for steep stairs? Try the Calf-Saver™.

Design challenge? Bring it! We love solving snags that stand between you and anti-slip safety.

The 50-foot coastal observation tower at Lake Erie Bluffs overlooks the south shore of Lake Erie. A wooden stairway with multiple viewing platforms leads up to a deck with a 360-degree view of the lake and the surrounding shoreline, woods, fields, and wetlands. Aware of how slick wooden steps can be in wet weather, Lake Metroparks procured Safeguard® Hi-Traction® anti-slip step covers for the stairways. The FRP fiberglass covers are beige so as not to detract from the scenic views. Industrial-size grit keeps visitors from slipping.

Coastal observation tower at Lake Erie Bluffs

Enjoy the view! Lake Metroparks has installed a webcam at the top of the tower. Check out the live conditions on Lake Erie – especially the spectacular sunsets.

View of Lake Erie from the top of the tower
Safeguard® Hi-Traction® anti-slip step covers

The Only Anti-Slip Products that Comply with IMO Resolutions Cited in the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units/Marine Vessels

Anti-Slip Products that Comply with IMO Resolutions for Offshore Drilling Units
Safeguard Hi-Traction Anti-Slip Step Covers for Offshore Drilling Units and Marine Vessels

Inside and out, your offshore vessel must be safe for the people aboard. That’s why regulations specify that indoor FRP grating must meet acceptable levels of flame spread and smoke generation/toxicity. Regulators have extended this requirement to include the use of IMO Compliant Anti-Slip Step Covers to prevent slips-and-falls on drilling rigs and offshore vessels.

Safeguard® Hi-Traction® Anti-Slip Covers for steps and walkways with steel base material have been tested to the ISO 5659-2 protocol and found to comply with the two applicable IMO Resolutions. Installed over compliant grating, your crew will not only be protected against slips-and-falls but also from flames and toxic smoke in case of a fire.

The two relevant IMO Resolutions:

  • Section 5.5.2: IMO Resolution A.653(16) – Recommendations on Improved Fire Test Procedures (Flame Spread)
  • Section 5.7.2: IMO Resolution MSC.61(67), Part 2 Smoke and Toxicity Test – IMO Fire Test Procedures Code (FTPC)

According to ABS Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (2017 – see p. 45), all FRP gratings fitted in enclosed areas must have low flame spread characteristics as proven by either an ASTM E-84 test result with flame spread rating of 20 or less or tested to IMO Resolution A.653(16).

Additionally, any FRP grating within accommodation, service, and control spaces must have low smoke characteristics as determined by the approved test procedures in IMO Resolution MSC.61(67), Part 2 Smoke and Toxicity Test- IMO Fire Test Procedures Code (FTPC). Low smoke characteristics refer to the amount of smoke generated when the material catches fire and also to the toxicity of the smoke. Safeguard’s IMO Compliant Anti-Slip Step Covers have been found to meet the standards.

Keep your crew as safe as possible – use Safeguard® Hi-Traction® Anti-Slip Covers with steel base material to prevent injuries on steps and walkways. Rest assured that workers in enclosed areas will have ample time to evacuate in case of fire.

Contact Safeguard to request the independent UL test results: 800-989-1695 / +1-330-995-5200

Safeguard Hi-Traction Anti-Slip Step Covers with steel base material

Curious about how the US is doing in regards to worker safety? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), who has been collecting data on worker injury, illness, and death for over 25 years, has just issued a new report on fatal worker injuries.

A promising trend: the total number of on-the-job fatalities fell by 17%, from 6,217 in 1992 to 5,190 in 2016. Roadway incidents were the leading cause of fatal workplace injuries from 2011 to 2016, accounting for 11,846 deaths. Violent events (4,701 deaths) and slips, trips, and falls (4,576 deaths) were the next most common causes.

Here at Safeguard, we’ve been working to prevent slips, trips, and falls for all of those 25 years. We are proud to have played a part in the protection of workers, especially those who work in the most hazardous environments.

At Safeguard, we often get the question: how long do the covers last? The answer depends a lot on the environment they are installed in. Places with light traffic will, of course, last longer than those with heavy use. And added chemicals such as oils or solvents can slowly wear down the surface coating over time.

The fact is, Safeguard Anti-Slip covers last a very long time. When we check in on our long-time customers, we hear this all the time, “they are performing great even when dirty.”

This cover was 13 years old when we brought it into the shop for a clean-up. Looked almost like new!


Check out the message! We estimate this step cover is circa 2012 – installed in a heavy traffic area of a power plant.

Our covers are installed in some of the roughest environments on the planet. They take a beating and are still very effective. Get started preventing slips and falls today!

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