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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