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.
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.
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
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:
5.5.2: IMO Resolution A.653(16) – Recommendations on Improved Fire Test Procedures
5.7.2: IMO Resolution MSC.61(67), Part 2 Smoke and Toxicity Test – IMO Fire
Test Procedures Code (FTPC)
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.
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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!
Manuel shifted on the sofa, trying to get comfortable. The post-surgery brace on his knee restricted his movement, reducing any chance of relaxing to zero. With daytime TV reducing his brain to mush, he wondered if he would ever get back to his energetic, optimistic, pre-slip condition.
A crane operator at the aluminum extruding plant for four years, Manuel had been a reliable and punctual worker. He enjoyed the fast pace and teamwork in the plant. He and his coworkers relied on each other’s skill and timing to keep the flow of production moving without incident.
Manuel sometimes subbed for the floor lead and his supervisor encouraged him to take steps toward advancing his career. He cross-trained at every opportunity so he could one day move up to a supervisor position.
The day of the accident, Manuel was filling in for the material handler’s lunch break. When the overhead crane froze, he had to go up to the cockpit as he had hundreds of times before. He easily climbed the access ladder and rebooted the machine. It was on the way back down that his foot slipped off the rung. Manuel caught himself in time to avoid falling to the ground, but cried out in pain as his knee struck hard on the lower rung.
Manuel slid down the ladder to the ground. As his coworkers surrounded him, he gingerly tried to walk. Two coworkers helped to support him as he limped to the office. They applied ice to his knee and called the supervisor to report the accident. Manuel was taken to the local emergency room for treatment.
An MRI showed that Manuel had shattered his kneecap and damaged ligaments in his knee as well. Surgery would be required to rebuild the patella. The time needed for recovery and rehabilitation could be anywhere from 6 months to one year. And the cost for medical treatment alone would amount to more than $40,000.
With all the training on safe practices and warnings about dangers present in his workplace, Manuel never thought he would be taken down by a slip-and-fall injury. Even companies who take safety seriously sometimes overlook the very real danger that slick surfaces pose. The good news is that slips can be prevented without a lot of expense or disruption to production schedules. For example, anti-slip ladder rung covers can be installed on fixed ladders to protect the workers that need to use them.
Workers like Manuel are worth protecting. Get started today.
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.
The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and our own state’s Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation joined forces to develop some really cool interactive charts. They show worker injury trends in Ohio over a 10-year span. It’s no surprise that the Diagnosis by Cause chart has Slips, Trips, and Falls in a category all by itself. Click on the Number of Claims (285,592!) to see the resulting diagnoses.
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.