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UK Specialists in H&S Approved Floor Pendulum Testing for Businesses and Expert Witness Services for Slip Injury Lawyers
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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 CPR35 / COPFS Compliant Expert Witness Reports to support defendant or claimant. Providing CPR / COPFS reports for the English and Scottish rules since 2011, we are independent and our reports are impartial and we view the case from both parties perspective and report accordingly. View a list of many UK Slip Injury Lawyers we have conducted work for.
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 -
The Laws and Regulations on Floor Safety are covered at these links
And as of 2008 it became a criminal offence not to comply with the laws See -
You can always find these links to H&S Laws etc on our website -
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’ -
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 -
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 Local Authorities and found, as an approximation, for every 100 slips reported, only 1 might have resulted in a pendulum test -
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 -
Cleaning fluids can also cause slips if they are in too high a concentration or of the wrong type -
B) The cleaning staff: -
C) Cleaning staff brought in at 4 am have sometimes gone by 11 am -
The nature of our business means we (FloorSlip) have become ' Private (Floor) Detectives ' -
Try it yourself in a large food store -