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.
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.