Slips, trips and falls remain the most common causes of workplace injuries in Australia. According to Worksafe Australia, these were responsible for almost 400 deaths from 2003 to 2015. These accidents can result in severe productivity losses, disability, and income loss, among others.
Although common, they are also preventable. About 55% of the reported injuries were due to environmental factors, including slippery floors and stairs. Commercial and industrial buildings can minimise or prevent slips, trips and falls with anti-slip floor options.
Epoxy Floor Coating
Cotewell in Queensland is one of the few companies that use epoxy floor coating. Epoxy refers to the polymer mixture of epoxy resin and some type of hardener. Because of its molecular structure, it has a variety of uses including adhesives.
As a floor coating, it creates a smooth, glossy finish without the extra shine that can lead to falls or slips. It’s also durable and can withstand years of regular high-foot traffic. Moreover, it’s cheap and easy to install. It also makes floor maintenance quick and convenient.
Epoxy is best on porous, concrete floors. If there are cracks or gaps, they would need repair right away before one can apply the coating.
Another choice is a rubber mat. This material is easy on the feet, which can reduce the stress from prolonged standing or walking. It can also reduce the effect of the impact during a fall or a slip. When it comes to durability, it can last for about 20 years. Like epoxy floor coating, it’s easy to maintain.
There are downsides, however. One, it can become slippery when wet. It can also create gaps underneath, which can allow moisture to build up. This moisture can create problems later, including damage to both the flooring and the mat.
In the end, your choice depends on many factors. For example, industrial places would benefit from epoxy while schools or indoor playgrounds can opt for rubber mats. The most important thing is the business is proactive in keeping the employees, as well as the customers, safe at all times.