The large volume of traffic in and out of schools and universities every day increases the potential risk of slips-and-falls for students and staff. From a small elementary school to the largest university in the country, slips and trips can occur anywhere and anytime. Slip and fall prevention at schools begins with officials, architects, and facility managers being diligent with protecting students and staff from harm.
Automotive manufacturing plants can be tricky environments. Workers in one area can track oily fluids on their boots to another area, leading to virtually any place in the plant becoming slippery. At a leading manufacturer’s Midwestern casting plant, that area was near a conveyor belt. There were some close calls that could have resulted in serious injuries. Then, a worker did slip and fall and management took action.
Safeguard® Hi-Traction® covers eliminated the slip risk on the steps and the landing area under the steps
First, they tried non-slip floor paint but that quickly wore off. Next, anti-slip tape was applied but it became a tripping hazard when it started to peel up. This location needed an effective and permanent solution.
Fortunately, an industrial consultant who worked with the plant’s staff knew about Safeguard Technology’s Hi-Traction® anti-slip covers for steps and walkways. They requested samples of Pultruded Fiberglass (FRP) covers.
“As soon as they received the samples, they were very confident that this product was the right fit,” the consultant said. They also liked working with a supplier that had experience in the auto industry and who had seen this type of situation before.
Drawings were made of the areas that needed anti-slip covers and the manufacturer set to work making covers to fit the steps and the landing area below. The customer decided on black covers with Glo-Yellow edging that would draw attention to the leading edges, even in the event of a power outage. Coarse Industrial grit was determined to be the right fit, considering the amount of cutting fluid in the area.
Safeguard® HiGlo-Traction® covers eliminated the slip risk on the steps and the landing area under the steps, reducing overall lost time injuries at the plant.
What problem areas do you have that could benefit from specialized anti-slip treatment? Safeguard has over 25 years of proven anti-slip performance in the most challenging environments on the planet. We have a solution for you.
Troy Weber’s phone rang in the early morning hours. When he saw the caller ID, his heart began to pound. After three years as Fleet Manager, he knew what the message would be: another injury, most likely to a driver. He hoped he was wrong or at least that it was not serious, but his mind was already racing over how he’d be able to manage the routes with a driver down.
It seemed like the accidents, especially the slips-and-falls, should be preventable, but extra training on ‘three points of contact’ had not solved the problem. Even adding grab-handles to the cab seemed like a good idea, but that had actually added arm and shoulder injuries to some of the slip-and-fall cases. He had to stop drivers from getting hurt on the job.
Joe, a long-time employee, had gotten hurt. His foot slipped exiting the cab and he twisted his ankle hard enough to tear a ligament. He would be out of work for a minimum of three months. Troy felt terrible because Joe was a hard worker who always followed safety precautions.
A common occurrence
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “truck drivers have the highest number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses that require days off from work across all occupations (a total of 55,710 injuries in 2014). In fact, tractor-trailer truck drivers are three times more likely than the typical American worker to have an injury or illness that requires days off from work. The injuries that are most likely to cause them to miss work result from slips, trips and falls.”1
A closer look
A closer look at the fleet’s truck steps showed extremely steep metal steps that are difficult for even the most fit drivers to navigate. They are perforated to allow for water and ice to pass through. But the serrated steel had worn down since the drivers may enter and exit the trucks up to fifty times a day. Worse, this type of step had no slip-resistant material at the leading edge of the step, where slips most often occur. The foot of a driver descending the steps would hit that edge and, without any added traction on the radius, would slip.
Eliminate the hazard
Troy knew that the most effective controls involve elimination of the hazards. Luckily, he figured out that an anti-slip surface bonded to the truck steps could prevent this particular type of injury in the future. Better still, he discovered a similar solution could apply to ladders, running boards, and ramps – most any surface that becomes slippery and likely to cause slips-and-falls.
Government statistics show that truck drivers are especially prone to slip-and-fall injuries. After Troy consulted with Erick Schuetz at Safeguard Technology, he confidently set a plan in motion to protect his drivers.
Read the statistics on trucker injuries for yourself– and take steps to prevent injuries on your own vehicles.