Flooring Safety Improves
Technology is improving the safety of our floors, according to Gerflor. Many accidents that occur in the home have been attributed to unsafe flooring, perhaps some that were originally designed like that or which have been rendered unsafe by poor wood floor repairs. Advanced safety floors, which are able to prevent most such falls and trips, have been around for more than three decades now but Malcolm McClure, the regional sales manager at Gerflor, says that the technology is now becoming much more widely accepted and even embraced by the average consumer.
“It has now become a mainstream product offering high performance and durability,” McClure believes, adding that such safety flooring is not just for practical reasons but also offers “a plethora of decorative styles, ease of maintenance and impressive lifestyle performance”.
With statistics showing that more than eighty one thousand hospital admissions each and every year are caused by trips and falls, many of them due to unsafe flooring, it is easy to understand the growing popularity of such safety flooring, particularly in the work place, with many employers realizing that the use of such floors protects both their employees and themselves from potential litigation from injuries caused by unsafe floors. “Choosing the right floor is critical with the threat of litigation and claims from accident victims,” McClure points out.
Vinyl flooring is a particular favorite of employers, as it comes in many different designs that look stylish as well as providing safety, with carpet tiles also a favorite at both the work place and at home.