pattern or ribs, with holes for liquids
and waste products to drain through.
If the area is exposed to spills of oils,
grease, and other liquids, “a product
with an abrasive coating may be nec-
essary to increase safety.”
Rubber products also play a role in
preventing musculoskeletal injuries
from repetitive stress. Though far less
noticeable, injuries that result from
long term fatigue can often be fixed
with a renewed focus on ergonomics.
Things like anti-fatigue matting – a
foam-based portable floor product perfect for assembly areas – can help provide relief to those with lower back and
leg issues by taking them off a concrete
or other hard surface during work.
“Although it may not reduce lost time,
a comfortable employee is a more pro-
ductive employee,” says Segers.
As footprint optimization and overall cost consciousness drives more
manufacturers and warehouses to
adopt mezzanines, it’s important that
they treat their stairs the same as their
factory floors – as a possible hazard.
“Safety on stairs should be a top pri-
ority for both employee safety and
company liability,” explains Segers.
“Spilled oils, fluids, and other liquids
that are tracked from the work area
to the stairs are an accident waiting
to happen.” Segers points to an R.C.
Musson Rubber product where abra-
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sive strips are inserted into standard
interior rubber stair treads. In
addition, “we now have a tread made
from recycled tires that offers incredi-
ble traction in wet conditions for both
interior and exterior applications.”
Segers also stresses the importance
of users employing matting leading
up to the stairs, in order to reduce the
likelihood of liquids being tracked up
Cox’s Wade also stresses that slipping and falling isn’t the only risk that
comes along with careless flooring
installation and maintenance, and
urges manufacturers to consider non-toxic cleaning products to
improve worker safety. “Toxic products are becoming a thing of the past.
Most companies have moved to water-
based cleaners,” he explains.
Cox Industries prides itself on its
ability to take safety to the next level,
and feels its water-based products
actually work better than their toxic
counterparts. Incorporating “state of
the art plant technology,” says Wade,
these cleaning solutions use natural
raw materials to meet DFE standards
while destroying harmful chemicals.
In a somewhat unusual claim to
fame, the Velocity line boasts that
its biodegradable formula means it
actually becomes food for bugs when
it goes down the drain, meaning it’s
safe for more than just your human
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According to OSHA, falls are among
the most common causes of serious
work-related injuries and deaths.
OSHA requires employers to:
• Provide working conditions that are
free of known dangers.
• Keep floors in work areas in a clean
and sanitary condition.
• Select and provide required personal
protective equipment at no cost to
• Train workers about job hazards in a
language that they can understand.