Stairways, one of the leading causes of serious injury or even death. The American National Council on Compensation Insurance estimated in 2001-2002 that the cost of such fall injuries was second only to those caused by motor vehicles. Safe stairways are not something that can be avoided or set aside. Many times cost scares companies out of providing safe walking surfaces for workers and employees. The problem with this way of thinking is that the cost of an injury is up to one hundred times the cost of new flooring. Fines from OSHA can be crippling to a company due to the fact it is mandatory for employers to evaluate and fix unsafe stair treads within a reasonable time range.
Permanent all metal slip resistant stair treads, such as SlipNOT®, are cost efficient because they do not require regular maintenance and replacement like painted on or taped on products that only last a limited time. SlipNOT® stair treads have a coefficient of friction that is greater than or equal to 0.85, and a surface hardness of between 55 – 63 on the Rockwell “C” Scale.
Stair treads should be evaluated regularly and issues should be corrected in a timely manner. Any imperfections could cost a life or the well being of a company. The responsibility can be overwhelming, so choosing a product that requires little to no maintenance is vital. A product that is evaluated, tested and has references from other large well known companies is also key, considering there is no better confirmation than feedback from someone who has used the product before.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. “Stairways-Fall Prevention” http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/safety_haz/stairs_fallprevention.html