Are Your Industrial Floors Safe Enough?
In the Land Down Under, October is National Safe Work Month. But even if you're in the U.S. and not in Australia, this is as good a time as any to assess the safety of your workplace. Taking a closer look at common workplace hazards -- including your flooring -- and making necessary changes can protect both your workers and your business.
Not all floor types are created equal. Certain floor systems are prone to damages that can actually hurt your employees. Let's take a closer look at the issues to which certain industrial flooring systems are prone, the risks they pose, and what your organization can do to alleviate those risks.
Common Issues with Industrial Floors
- Damaged bar grates
- Cracked concrete floors
- Worn-out plywood flooring
- Adhesive failures on poly laminate flooring
- Sliding or broken floor tiles
- Uneven floor surfaces
Employee Safety Risks Caused By Flooring Issues
The most obvious safety risk of worn out or broken flooring is the trip and fall hazard it poses. If a surface is bumpy, cracked, or damaged, employees can easily slip and fall. Those falls can result in serious injury, which can reduce your productivity and increases your risk of dealing with a worker's compensation claim.
Another risk you might not have thought of is that damaged bar grate flooring can bring harm to a whole group of employees or to your products or equipment. When debris or objects are able to fall through bar grate floors, they can easily break and/or hurt employees below. Wheeled carts and other equipment can also become damaged as they roll over these floors; not only will this cost money to fix, but equipment not kept in proper working condition could result in even more employee injuries.
Working on damaged floor systems can present an immediate danger to employees. But keep in mind that working on unforgiving floor systems can lead to injuries in the long term, too. Non-ergonomic floors may not always cause slip-and-fall injuries, but they can cause physical damage to employees due to the excess strain. And when employees feel more worn out or experience that kind of pain, they're going to be more prone to injuring themselves even more drastically at work.
How to Improve Employee Safety with Mezzanine Floor Systems
By installing a ResinDek® mezzanine flooring system, you can reduce all of these risks in one fell swoop. You'll instantly remove damage to your existing floors, thus eliminating those obvious trip hazards. You'll also satisfy OSHA requirements to ensure compliance and increase your productivity. And you'll provide flooring that's much more ergonomically sound to protect the health and safety of your workers for a long time to come. Ultimately, it's really a no-brainer.
To find out more about how ResinDek can improve the safety in your workplace, please contact us today.
Posted on October 24, 2018