According to the National Safety Council, falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States. Unfortunately, falls are also one of the leading causes of personal injury lawsuits against businesses and store owners. Even if your business has slip-resistant epoxy flooring, you should still take steps to prevent customers and employees from tripping, slipping, and falling. Who knows how much time and money you’ll save by preventing accidental injuries and avoiding a lawsuit.
Secure electrical and phone cords out of high traffic areas to prevent trip and fall injuries. If you must run electrical or phone cords across a pedestrian walkway, cover the cords with an area rug or plastic mat. However, it is always preferred to keep your beautiful new epoxy floors clear of distracting cords.
Clean Up Spills Immediately
Even on slip-resistant epoxy flooring, large puddles and spills can create a hazardous walking environment. Clean up spills as quickly as possible to prevent employee and customer slips. Unless you are sure that the area is dry before you leave, make sure to put out “wet floor” signs to warn employees and customers and protect yourself from a potential lawsuit.
Installing handrails next to stairs, wheelchair ramps, and inclining/declining walkways can also help prevent trip and fall injuries. In some cases, handrails may be required per local building codes. If you are having epoxy flooring installed, now is the perfect time to bring in a local contractor to install handrails in order to minimize disruption for your employees and customers.
Slip-resistant epoxy flooring is the first step towards creating a safe environment for employees and customers alike. REDRHINO of Los Angeles provides expert epoxy flooring installation for businesses and industrial clients. Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of an epoxy floor installed by L.A.’s preferred epoxy flooring company. If you have questions, call us at (310) 734-2790.