Pendulum Testing for Businesses & Lawyers from £447

Expert Witness Services & CPR Reports in Slip Injury Claims from £327

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Cheap Floor Tests for Businesses and Lawyers available in In all Major UK Cities and nearby Towns including  Floor Slip Testing  in Scotland – Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness / Floor Safety Risk Assessments in North East England – Middlesborough, South Shields, Newcastle, Stockton on Tees, Darlington / Floor Resistance Testing in North West England – Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool, Runcorn, Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn Bury, Bolton, Warrington, Widnes, St.Helens (Cheshire) Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port, Chester, Crewe, Oldham, Stockport, Trafford Park. Rochdale, Congleton, Sandbach Macclesfield, / Floor Friction Testing in Wales in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Colwyn, Rhyl, Bangor / Pendulum Tests in Northern Central England – Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford (Yorkshire), Rotherham, Wakefield, / Slip Resistance Tests in East England in Hull, Humberside and Lincoln / BS7976-2 Pendulum Tests in the Midlands in– Nottingham, Derby, Rugby, Stoke, Stafford, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Worcester, / Slip Resistance Flooring Tests in Central England – Northampton, Rugby, Derby, Oxford, Cambridge, Peterborough / HSE Approved Floor Testing in London and Home Counties – Watford, Milton Keynes, St.Albans, Cambridge, Newbury, Reading, Andover, Heathrow / Pendulum Floor Tests in South England – Portsmouth, Brighton, Eastbourne, Southampton, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Isle of Man /  Floor Friction Tests in South West England – Swindon, Bristol, Bath, Plymouth, Exeter, Falmouth, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Taunton, Warwick / Cheap Floor Tests in South East England – Dover, Margate, Rochester, Folkestone, Hastings, Tunbridge Wells,

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Floor Slip Testing Reports for Solicitors, Lawyers and Loss Adjusters in Slip Injury and Personal Injury Claim Cases

FloorSlip conduct, on a regular basis, full and extensive site evaluations of floors and the circumstances, which led to slip injuries and claims and provide extensive Expert Witness Reports to support defendant or claimant. We are independent and our reports are impartial but we will view the case from either parties perspective and report accordingly.

There are so many reasons why a person might have slipped on a floor and in many cases businesses who try to claim that their floors are safe ‘don’t have a leg to stand on’!

Large businesses and establishments such as Supermarkets and Shopping Centres, Airports and Railway Stations use shiny tiles because they look good, are quick and easy to clean or hygienic. But these same attributes those qualities that cause slips on floors. Smooth, shiny marble and terrazzo floors are great when dry - but even a few drops of water will lower the Slip Resistance in terms of ‘Possibility of Slip’ from 1 in millions to less than 1 in 10!

FloorSlip know there is an issue - There are over 4.5 million business in the UK and only 125,000 lawyers in comparison (Not all of which will conduct Personal Injury Claim  work) yet 60% of our work is for lawyers - the results speaks volumes - Businesses are failing to act to effectively stop floor slip injury claims Contact FloorSlip Now For Personal Injury Claim Floor Evaluations and Reports


4 Reasons why Personal Injury Claims for Slips on Floors can be proved over and over and over again

 

Reason 1. Businesses fail to follow the laws on Health and Safety for Floors


The Laws and Regulations on Floor Safety are covered at these links

 

http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/law.htm

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1992/3004/regulation/12/made

 

And as of 2008 it became a criminal offence not to comply with the laws  See - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008/20/schedule/1

 

You can always find these links to H&S Laws etc on our website here


Reason 2. Inadequate Government Support to the HSE (Health & safety Executive) in Floor Safety


Overall, the Government and HSE have made it quite clear that all owners and managers should comply with the Laws on Floor Safety. Unfortunately some of the information issued with respect to floor safety is written as ’advise’ or ‘recommend’ or ‘in your opinion’ - But in our opinion there are not enough mandated requirements with respect to floor safety such as ‘Businesses MUST Pendulum Test Floors Annually’.


Businesses need and want to clearly know where they stand but the current ‘grey’ text and instructions result in businesses applying their own levels of safety, which are often too poor to be effective.  


The laws state floors must be 'safe' but ‘safe’ is a subjective word and the level of safety will depend upon the budget, experience, age of employees, managers / owner attitudes and even how managers bully their staff - many staff are afraid to report H&S incidents or possibilities of problems in fear of losing their jobs 


The other issue is how much support Environmental Health Officers (EHO's) have to enforce rules on Floor Slip Resistance Pendulum Testing and Floor Safety. FloorSlip have conducted a large countrywide study of over 100 Local Authorities and found, as an approximation, for every 100 slips reported, only 1 might have resulted in a pendulum test - a countrywide problem

 


Reason 3. Poor choice of Floor Surfaces to Prevent Slip Injury Claims


Most large food stores, retail parks, superstores or buildings looking to create a prestigious will have floors laid with tiles which are easy to clean but as a result they select a tile which is safe when dry but would poorly fail most pendulum tests when wet, damp or have spilt milk, talcum, flour , coco cola etc (Dry contaminants like flour are as dangerous as wet contaminants like milk).

 

It can therefore be assumed the choice for most stores (And made by most architects) is to select tiles of the incorrect slip resistance and as a result these establishments must make every effort to have policies in place to: -   

a) Wet mop and clean out of hours and maintain a dry floor at all times for Customers, Visitors AND Employees 

b) Handle spillages Immediately they occur

c) Use cleaning materials of the correct type and correct measurement and applied / cleared away in the correct manner.



Reason 4. Unsatisfactory Floor Cleaning


Our impression of 80% of establishments is that the cleaning regime is: - 

 

A) A 'slosh' of the 'pink stuff' (Cleaning Solution) thrown in a bucket - measurements rarely occur!

 

Cleaning fluids can also cause slips if they are in too high a concentration or of the wrong type - A highly soapy solution, can actually increase the possibility of slips even after it is cleaned away; especially when applied as a ‘slosh’. We’ve even known managers to add non approved Cleaning Solutions to the COSHH register and Cleaning Methodology because a particular solution has always been used and believed (wrongly) to be the correct type; Are they in the wrong? YES - They shouldn’t assume - they should Check.


B) The cleaning staff: -


- Are sometimes workers where the mother tongue isn’t English (Making it difficult to understand or read instructions)

- Have little or no immediate training or repeat training conducted

- Sometimes have a "We've always done it this way" attitude

- Do not have time (or enough staff) to effectively clean a floor or dry mop if required 

- Do Not have either a policy or methodology for cleaning or do not have it to hand or could not recite what is says 

 

C) Cleaning staff brought in at 4 am have sometimes gone by 11 am - Spillages are then cared for by shop staff; typically tending to be young and inexperienced and unaware. The questions are then: - 

 

- Are Shop Staff (as opposed to cleaning staff) trained in cleaning?

- Do they have time to tend to a spill?

- Are they short staffed? 

- Do they put barriers around spills? (particularly on floors which fail the test when wet or contaminated)

- Is there a policy to address spills immediately? Is it to hand? Could they find it immediately they need it? 

- Are there floor cleaning stations all around the shop?

- Do they clean up rainwater traipsing in the doors? Are the mats effective to prevent it in the first place? 

- Do they need a managers permission to attend to spills? This is not unusual and causes large delays!

 

The nature of our business means we (FloorSlip) have become 'Private (Floor) Detectives'  - Every time our staff enter a store in course of every day activities (such as shopping) we are constantly evaluating the floors, matting, attitudes, spills, loose grapes or spilt milk, rainwater residue and so on to determine what's being done and how and by whom - the results are nearly always the same - inadequately specified floors, poor cleaning, and follow up. 


Try it yourself in a large food store - Look for a spill (typically around the Fresh Cut Flowers, Loose Grapes or Milk Stand) and see what the action is and how they control and clean up afterwards - draw your own conclusions.