3 Things to Protect During Extreme Weather

Workers, Businesses, and Floors What we can learn from the New England Blizzard

When two feet of snow dumps on your community, chances are good it’s not going anywhere soon. It may be springtime before the remnants of the recent New England blizzard have officially vanished. Ice, slush and wet conditions can make travel difficult and dangerous.

Consolidated Plastics encourages your business to invest in the safety of your workplace through the use of our affordable, low maintenance indoor entryway mats. The wet/slick weather dramatically increases the likelihood of accidental slips and falls within your workplace, making your worker’s health and business reputation vulnerable to potential injury. Protect your workers, protect your business, and protect your floors with Consolidated Plastic’s certified slip and fall mats. Call or contact us today to learn more!

Protect Your Workers

Of the top ten most frequently cited OSHA standards violated, fall protection was number one for fiscal year 2014. These major violations come as no surprise when we learn that over one million Americans suffer from a slip, trip, and fall related injuries on an annual basis according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, 15 percent of all job related injuries are due to slip, trip, and fall accidents.

Compensation and medical costs associated with employee slip and fall accidents total approximately $70 billion annually according to the National Safety Council. Wausau Insurance stated that the average cost of a slip and fall related injury exceeds $12,000. These costs can be devastating to injured workers, especially when slip and fall injuries often result in weeks, if not months, of lost work days and in the worst cases permanent injury or death. Falls, slips, and trips are the second most common cause of spinal cord injuries and work fatalities. These facts and statistics represent the prevalent problem that all companies face, but very few actually address. Protect your workers and take the initiative to increase the safety of your workplace by incorporating slip and fall mats into every entrance of your company.

Consolidated Plastics entrance mats reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls by removing soil and moisture from shoes, providing your workers and customers with a dry surface to walk upon. Dirt and moisture are held in lower areas of the mats to prevent it from being tracked off by other individuals that are coming and going. Our line of Aquasorb® matting products is especially helpful in combatting wet weather due to its ability to retain one and a half gallons of water per square yard.

Protect Your Business

Slip and fall mats protect not only your customers and employees, but your business as well. Your employees are essential to the success of your business and losing the time and value of an employee due to a slip or fall injury is damaging to the employee and your business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that 65% of all lost work days are due to slip and fall accidents. Additionally, 22% of slip and fall accidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work.

If your business has truly failed to provide fall protection for employees and customers, it is possible and even likely that your company will face a lawsuit should a slip or fall injury occur at your workplace. A report from the U.S Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that attorneys tried 16,397 personal injury cases in a national sample of American state courts. The average cost to defend a slip and fall lawsuit is $50,000 and over 90 percent of cases that go to trial end in victory for the individual who brought the suit.

Dealing with such a lawsuit can be a difficult and costly process that damages the reputation of your business. Consolidated Plastics can help protect your business from losing money, reputation, and a valuable employee with our slip and fall resistant mats, certified by the NFSI (National Floor Safety Institute). Our special cleated rubber backings keep mats in place and prevent matting fabric from scrunching together and creating a tripping hazard.

Protect Your Floors

Finally, using entrance mats in your business ensures the cleanliness and professionalism of your facility by leaving dirt and moisture at the door. Instead of constantly cleaning your tile or carpet, capture all the dirt and water in one of our highly durable, absorbent, and easy to clean matting products.

Be prepared before the next extreme weather event. Order your Consolidated Plastics matting products today. Available in a variety of colors, designs, and sizes. And with over 45 slip resistant certified matting products to choose from, you can easily find the matting product that fits your budget and your business. Protect your workers, business, and floor by calling or contacting Consolidated Plastics today!

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