US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2014 (the most recent year published) show that total recordable case rate for hospitals (injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers) is 6.2. The hospital injury rate is higher than in mining (3.8), hazardous waste treatment and disposal (4.6), and manufacturing (4.0). Now that should set off an alarm for health and safety professionals.
While driving her bus in the greater New Orleans area, our customer, an independent owner/operator, observed her passengers slipping on the bus steps and falling. Very concerned about the children’s safety and the potential for a lawsuit, she needed a solution. An internet search led her to Safeguard Technology.
Our customer was never fond of the original material that covered the bus stairs. Installing Hi-Traction® Covers over the existing rubber provided a significant increase in traction. She was impressed by Safeguard’s responsiveness and willingness to outfit a single bus. She also liked:
Color Matching – including industry-standard white nosing
Custom Size – no cutting
Problem solved! It is easy to reduce the risk of slips-and-falls and liability.
Safe school bus steps begin with Safeguard Hi-Traction Step Covers
Bus drivers are at risk for slips-and-falls. See how the Puget Sound Workers’ Compensation Trust partnered with Safeguard to address driver slip-and-fall issues.
Installation of Safeguard® Hi-Traction® Anti-Slip Ladder Rung Covers is an easy but important safety enhancement. The small, often slick ladder rung surface combined with the potential for falling from heights makes ladders a dangerous area for slips-and-falls.
This video explains, step-by-step, how to install fiberglass ladder rung covers using Sikaflex 252 adhesive. Steel-base covers can also use adhesive, or those can be tack-welded.
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- Browse our expanded Markets section
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- Learn the Top Ten questions to ask about anti-slip
Stay tuned in the coming months for more new material relating to the crucial topic of stopping slips-and-falls. We hope to provide a helpful and enjoyable experience. Please share your feedback – we’d appreciate hearing what you think and how we can continue to improve.
845-Megawatt Combined-Cycle Generating Station
This generating station is a modern, combined-cycle, a natural gas-fueled facility that produces up to 845 megawatts of electricity. The plant is located in Alabama and began operation in 2002. It was the first large-scale, a combined-cycle project built by a non-utility power producer in the state.
Our customer was looking for ways to help reduce, if not eliminate, slips, trips and falls in their facility. Grated steps had worn out and steel ladder rungs were becoming slippery. By placing Safeguard Hi-Traction™ Anti-Slip Step Covers on all of their grated steps, they have significantly reduced the chances of employee slip-and-fall accidents. Safeguard Hi-Traction™ Anti-Slip Ladder Rung Covers have all but eliminated slips-and-falls caused by rain and ice.
Based on the success at this plant, our customer presented Safeguard Hi-Traction™ Anti-Slip Step Covers and Ladder Rung Covers at their annual corporate safety meeting. Since that presentation, Safeguard has been contacted by several locations across the country, with many plants having already allocated funds for Hi-Traction Covers into their 2013 budget.
Success stories like this are a common thread at Safeguard Technology and we encourage our distributors to use this information for generating business in your area of the world!
Mervyn Litzow is stepping down as President of Safeguard Technology, Inc. to enter semi-retirement, but will continue to serve as Owner and Chairman in a part-time capacity.
A native of Ipswich, Australia, Merv came to the United States in 1970. A true American success story, Merv started Safeguard Technology, Inc. in 1992 with the vision of manufacturing the highest quality Antislip products for the prevention of slips-and-falls. Merv’s extensive chemical background laid the foundation for a product line recognized around the world as the leader in the industry. From humble beginnings formulating a resin-aggregate system in his garage, to a small, modified office building in tiny Chagrin Falls, OH; in 2009 Safeguard moved into a 20,000 square foot facility in Streetsboro, OH. Safeguard has continued to grow in revenue, workforce, and stature.
“I look forward to spending more time with my wife Joan, visiting our children and grandchildren in both Boston, MA, and Australia. Some time on the golf course is undoubtedly in the cards too,” said Merv Litzow.
William “Bill” Kosinski will assume the role of President. “Bill has been with Safeguard for six years and during that time, has managed Production and Operations related activities while contributing significantly to all phases of the business,” stated Litzow.
“You could not find a more respected individual,” according to Bill Kosinski. “The passion and dedication he has imparted into the products and people are evident. I look forward to working with Merv at a strategic level, but emphasize that this move affords Merv the opportunity to travel and spend time with his family.”
In addition to the change of President, Erick Schuetz has been promoted to Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Erick joined Safeguard in 2001 and has spearheaded our drive into new markets,” added Merv. “I believe the future is very bright with Bill and Erick leading the way.”
Merv is a graduate of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia where he also received his doctorate in Chemistry. In 1964, Merv was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research at Indiana University, where he also received his MBA.
Safeguard Technology, leading innovator of anti-slip solutions, has added a new line of Safety Track® anti-slip tapes to its extensive anti-slip product offering.
Safeguard Technology, leading innovator of anti-slip solutions, has added a new line of Safety Track® anti-slip tapes to its extensive anti-slip product offering. Safety Track® tapes are a cost-efficient, quick-fix anti-slip solution for lower-traffic areas. The durable peel-and-stick backing is easy to install and adheres securely to steps, floors, and walkways.
Safety Track® anti-slip tapes are certified by the National Flooring Safety Institute and are available in various levels of coarseness and in a variety of colors, including glow-in-the-dark, and resilient and conformable designs.
Safeguard manufactures a full-line of superior safety products, including prefabricated anti-slip covers for steps, walkways, and ladder rungs. Customizable levels of coarseness, sizes and colors, glow-in-the-dark features, as well as safety messaging and logo designs, are available on all Safeguard® Covers.
Safeguard Technology, leading innovator of anti-slip solutions, has released five new colors in its cutting-edge Hi-Traction Glo Series. The Hi-Traction Glo Series combines Safeguard’s high-quality anti-slip surface with a long-lasting glow-in-the-dark pigment. The inorganic-photoluminescent pigment is non-toxic, non-radioactive, and can be recharged repeatedly during the life of the product.
Safeguard now offers six different colors in the Hi-Traction Glo Series, including the original Glo White. The latest additions to the line include two new safety colors and three new fluorescent colors:
- Glo Safety Yellow
- Glo Safety lime
- Glo Orange
- Glo Pink
- Glo Green
Descriptive markings or PPE (personal protective equipment) symbols can also be illuminated in the dark with Safeguard’s customizable HiGlo safety messaging. By using a photoluminescent background, the message is visible after dark and during power outages, providing a safe egress during emergency evacuations.
The Hi-Traction Glo Covers can be fully recharged after just five minutes of direct sunlight exposure, eight minutes of exposure at dusk, and 10 minutes of exposure in fluorescent lighting. Safeguard also offers two-toned Hi-Traction Glo Covers, including safety covers with photoluminescent nosing and ladder-rung covers and walkway covers with photoluminescent edges.