Falls that result in injuries can happen in the workplace. While they can happen on any kind of floor, they are more common on hard surfaces such as concrete or tile floors. Surfaces that that can be slippery are dangerous for everyone. It is also risky for the business owner who may then have to pay an expensive workers compensation or premises liability claim. The National Floor Safety Institute provides some startling statistics regarding falls and slips that result in workplace injuries, “Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year. 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition). 22% of slip/fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work (US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2002). Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).”

Installing a non-slip floor coating is an effective way to reduce the risk of falls in the workplace. Businesses can dramatically reduce their risk of lawsuit by having non-slip floor coating applied on any hard surfaces in their workplace. The cost of having non-slip epoxy floor coating is much less than having workers compensation claims due to injuries that could have been avoided. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets certain guidelines to ensure worker safety is protected in the workplace and by installing non-slip floor coating in your workplace you may help your business remain compliant. Epoxy non-slip floor coating is a seamless floor coating that can be installed on any hard surface. The commercial epoxy contains tiny chips of marble and quartz that not only make flooring look good and easy to clean but it makes flooring less slippery. The non-slip floor coating provides traction and can be used in industrial and commercial settings. The same coating that can be used in a professional kitchen can be used in a professional food packaging warehouse or industrial manufacturer’s facility. It is not only strong enough for an industrial environment but these non-slip floor coatings can also be aesthetically appealing. Non-slip floor coatings come in a wide variety of colors and textures to suit any client’s needs and aesthetic preferences. Speak to your painting and coating contractor for specific recommendations on whether this type of coating would be a good fit for your business.

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