Slip resistance is an important factor when it comes to safety in the workplace or in public facilities. According to VGB, accidents caused by tripping, slipping and falling, also called SRS accidents, are the most frequent cause of occupational accidents.
According to slipstripsandfalls.org.uk:
37% of all reported workplace injuries were as a result of a slip, trip or fall, with 28% of all fatalities in the workplace being caused by a slip, trip or fall, whether that’s a slip on safety boots, safety shoes or safety trainers.
The absenteeism costs alone caused by tripping, slipping and falling cost the German economy about 8 billion euros per year.
Why slip resistance is important
These figures make it clear how important slip resistance is for employee wellbeing. Those who have recognised this are faced with two new problems:
- What measures can help to ensure sufficient slip resistance?
- What do the standards on slip resistance actually mean?