Case Studies

Slip Resistant Flattened Expanded Metal Grid Grip® Installed at Baker Hughes

The Situation:

Baker Hughes Incorporated began in 1986 with the merger of Baker International and Hughes Tool Company. Baker Hughes is known for creating solutions that lower costs, reduce risks and improve productivity in the global oil and gas industry. They create high-performance products and services to analyze, drill, evaluate, complete and produce oil and gas reserves and then transport and refine the hydrocarbons. Due to high gas and oil ratio production, heavy oil, high temperatures and abrasive-laden fluids, employees needed a more reliable surface around their assembly area. SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring was contacted by Baker Hughes to provide a non-slip solution to their slick steel grates.

The Solution:

Baker Hughes was concerned with the amount of oil which covered their grating, making it difficult for employees. After reviewing the specifications, SlipNOT® provided 48" x 120" 3/4 #9 Grade 3 (Coarse) steel flattened expanded metal to retrofit over Baker Hughes slippery grates. Environments like Baker Hughes require coarse surface grades because it provides maximum traction and withstands extremely high traffic and heavy equipment . The steel expanded metal was the ideal choice, providing easily installation, cost efficiency and a slip resistant walking surface.

Steel expanded metal is a strong metal substrate that allows proper drainage of grease and oil. Expanded metal can be applied to many applications such as stair treads, catwalks, mezzanines, ramps and platforms.

The Impact:

SlipNOT®’s steel expanded metal contributed to a safe work environment for Baker Hughes. It created a productive walking surface, necessary to keep workers and pedestrians on their feet. An employee from Baker Hughes said "since installing your product, the slip issue was eliminated".

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