We supply floor mats which are durable and help protect your floors and offer good traction for safety. We stock Antifatigue Mats, Bath Mats, Chair Mats, Greaseproof/Grease-Resistant Mats, Indoor Adhesive Mats, Indoor Carpet Mats, Indoor Scraper Mats, Outdoor Scraper Mats, Safety Mats & Vinyl Runner. Antifatigue mats really help your employees who have to stand all day by cushioning their feet. Scraper mats do a great job of keeping dirt and mud outside your building.
Prevent Falls and Potential Lawsuits with Floor Mats in the workplace.
Slip-and-fall accidents are the leading cause of injuries in lawsuits against property owners.
1 The Department of Justice estimates that each year about $4 billion are awarded to compensate injury victims in these kinds of cases, legally referred to as premises liability. About 6% of these cases result in punitive damages being awarded on top of actual damages.
Even if the outcome does not result in compensation, the litigation costs are still high. According to the National Center for State Courts, the median litigation cost for a premises liability case is about $54,000.
All of this highlights the need to take thorough measures to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. A sound floor mat strategy is a logical and cost-effective first step. It should consist of three basic components: the right mats, correct placement and proper maintenance.
Floor mat type
Floor mats are not all created equal. Before purchasing, it’s a good idea to consult with a facility safety expert or a professional safety organization such as the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) for information on what kinds of mats are best suited for different areas of a building. Here are some general guidelines:
Use high-traction mats; these are best for slip resistance.
Limit the difference in height between floor surface and mat to no more than one-half inch.
Mats placed at entryways should be long enough to accommodate the amount of time it takes for shoes to walk off debris from the outside. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, a minimum of 12 to 15 feet of mat coverage is required to remove 90% of tracked soil.
In rainy or snowy weather, use longer entryway mats to ensure enough space to walk off rainwater and snow. A general recommendation is 20 to 25 feet of mat coverage in rainy weather and 25 to 30 feet in snowy weather.
Floor mat placement
Mats should be used throughout a facility. Consider placing floor mats in the following areas:
Entrance areas: Outdoor mats leading up to building entrances should be high-traction and contain wiper/scraper material. Mats inside entrances should be high traction and long enough to absorb liquid and contaminants from shoes.
High-traffic areas: Besides entrances, this can include hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, near elevators and at the top and bottom of stairways and escalators.
High-risk areas: This includes areas that attract liquid, dirt or grease, such as foodservice areas and around fountains.
Productivity areas: This can include any area where workers stand in place for a long period of time. Consider antifatigue mats for these areas as well. These mats will help reduce employee fatigue, which in turn can help reduce the risk of slipping or tripping.
Floor mat maintenance
Mat maintenance is critical—if mats are not properly maintained, that could be used against a defendant in a premises liability case. Here are some important steps to take:
Make sure mats are periodically inspected for tears, holes, buckling, curling, buildup of contaminants and excessive wear. Repair, clean or replace mats if they show any of these signs.
Swap out saturated mats for clean, dry ones during rainy or snowy weather. Extra mats should be kept on hand and easily accessible for this purpose.
Check for mat migration. If mats are slowly migrating from their initial placement, this could signal a buildup of dirt underneath the mat, making the bottom more slippery and more likely to move out of place. It could also mean the floor underneath the mat has gotten wet or was cleaned improperly.
Most falls are preventable. Taking a proactive approach to preventing slip-and-fall accidents makes good sense, not only for building occupants and visitors but also for property owners seeking to avoid lawsuits.
The good news is we have a wide selection of floor mats, including high-traction, indoor and outdoor, wiper/scraper and antifatigue—all in a variety of sizes. Make sure your customers are aware of the many ways floor mats can increase safety and provide peace of mind.