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Preventing Injuries at Sea with SlipNOT® Aluminum Treads

June 21, 2011

Slip and fall accidents are one of the highest statistics of reported injuries.  Researchers found that seafarers have a one-in-11 chance of injuring themselves on a tour of duty.  That rate is higher than any other occupation.  Many of these ships have outdoor stairways which can lead to falls from high elevations.  Slip resistance is a must in an environment that is constantly in contact with water and other slippery substances found aboard ships.

A SlipNOT® aluminum treads can provide the slip resistance needed to keep these seafarers safe on the job.  The patented SlipNOT® surface has a coefficient of friction greater than or equal to 0.85, which far exceeds any current or proposed OSHA, ADA, UL, ASTM and NFPA specifications for slip resistant surfaces.  Aluminum is a low density material.  Naturally and almost instantly it forms a tough resistant oxide which protects itself from further corrosion.  This process of oxidation is known as passivation.

Each SlipNOT® aluminum tread is customized to fit every job’s specifications.  Each aluminum tread can be formed to specifications with nosings only, risers along with nosings or formed to a channel.  This allows for easy installation in the field.

SlipNOT® products have been used on many ships.  For example, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Courageous and Venturous have SlipNOT® non-slip products installed on various parts of the deck to prevent slip and fall injuries of their crew members.  SlipNOT® has also been used in passenger ferry boats, commercial ferry boats, and various other applications at sea.

Using aluminum stair treads on ships is highly beneficial.  Using a SlipNOT® stair tread ensures little or no maintenance and having a long lasting and durable surface to walk on.  A SlipNOT® aluminum stair tread has a proven and long lasting surface that stays on longer than many other painted-on or taped-on products.

Slips and falls the biggest hazard at sea

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