When it comes to many places of work, precautions must be taken in order to have the safest environment possible. One of these precautions revolves around flooring, as slip and fall incidents are all too common in most places of work, especially when manual labor is involved. In fact, throughout hotels, restaurants and various other buildings, slip and fall accidents make up the most accidents for both patrons of the establishment as well as for the workers themselves.
And while it seems like slip and fall accidents are not that big of a deal, this is actually far from the case. In fact, slip and fall accidents can be quite serious. People frequently end up breaking bones (especially if they are elderly and have weaker bones in the first place) and in addition to this, head injuries of various natures can also occur. Sometimes, the consequences of a slip and fall accident are long lasting for the victim of the accident, changing their lives forever.
And having an employee sustain a slip and fall accident while on the job is far from ideal situation for any business or company, as they are then short staffed or without a valuable team player, as slip and fall accidents lead, more than twenty percent of the time, to about a month of missed work for the employee in question. In addition to this, an accident that is caused by an element of the workplace, as is the case for many a slip and fall accident, can lead to a personal injury case, in which the company or place of business will be required to pay the injured employee what often amounts to quite a significant sum of money, as is the case for the more than eighty five percent of claims for workers compensation that result directly from slip and fall accidents that are sustained in the workplace. This sum of money totals collectively to around seventy billion dollars over the course of just one year.
Fortunately, there are ways in which slip and fall accidents can be all but stopped completely and in many ways, it all comes down to flooring. When flooring is slick and slippery, it’s easy to see how it can become dangerous in various types of work environments. Such is the case for most restaurant environments, where floors are often slippery but still the workers must be quick on their feet and fast acting in their tasks. In addition to this, there are many factory and manual labour environments where flooring can also easily become damaged or slippery do to the nature of the work that is being conducted.
Fortunately, flooring can be protected and made safer through the ample and generous use of commercial floor coatings. There are a number of different commercial floor coatings that you can choose from, and it’s important to remember that each floor coating will have its pros – and its cons as well. Epoxy coatings, for instance, have long been popular in the field of floor coatings here in the United States. However, epoxy coatings are not always everything that they’re cracked up to be.
In fact epoxy coatings have a number of short comings. For instance, they could be better in terms of longevity. Over the course of just twelve months, brittleness often develops in epoxy coatings, something that is far from ideal in terms of protecting the flooring and keeping it a safe environment for workers. In addition to this, it tends to take a long time for epoxy coatings to cure – sometimes even up to eight hours. Of course, this is far from time efficient.
Fortunately, polyaspartic coatings can provide an alternative for your flooring. Introduced two decades ago, they can be fully installed over the course of just one day. This makes them far more efficient than the traditional epoxy coating floor covering. In addition to this, polyaspartic coatings are typical low in volatile organic compounds as well, something that’s critical for keeping the air of the workplace as safe and as clean as possible. This will lead to a better working environment on the whole.