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Ah, serrated grating. When it’s new and has those sharp, jagged teeth that grip the soles of your work boots and won’t let them slide…

The problem is, this aggressive attitude on the part of the grip doesn’t last. Time and foot traffic reveals the steel teeth to be the softies they really are. Which brings us to an image our customer sent – file name: Slippery.

The stair treads in their machine shop had become a hazard. Employees were slipping due to having oily substances on the bottom of their shoes.

Their research on anti-slip solutions brought them to the website of Safeguard Technology where they submitted a Request for Quote form. There was some initial concern that the grit on the anti-slip step covers might not be “thick enough” to stop the slipping.

Worn grating that has become slippery
File Name: Slippery
Anti-Slip step covers prevent slips and falls
File Name: Safe

Once they received the samples we provided, they realized our product was the right fit for them.

Safeguard® Hi-traction® products use fused alumina – a hard, sharp-edged aggregate that measures 9.4 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Comparatively, steel, as found in serrated grating, ranks only 4 on the Mohs scale, indicating a soft material that will quickly wear away under foot traffic, leaving your surface more hazardous than ever.

Pre-drilled slotted holes (a Safeguard exclusive) made fastening the step covers over grating fast and easy. After the installation, the stairs were no longer slippery, leading to much safer conditions for the workers. The customer appreciated the clean look of the two-tone covers, and, of course, their effectiveness.

Not sure if our Hi-Traction products will work for you? Request a sample today!

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

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

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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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.

Failed attempts

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.

This time

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.

Safeguard Hi-Traction steps stop slips, trips, and falls for truckers
Without proper precautions, exiting a truck can prove to be very dangerous

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.

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