3 Reasons Why Your Floor Could be the Cause of Most Company Accidents

Contributed by Mike James

Whether you’re the owner of a small company or a huge multi-national corporation, it is important that you are responsible for the safety of your employees whenever they are on site. Health and safety routines and procedures are essential and it is also important that they are properly followed by all staff. Staff must know where to go and what to do in an emergency. However, have you ever considered that a certain aspect of your warehouse may be causing more accidents in the workplace than average? Sometimes changing a small aspect of your working environment can have a huge effect on the safety levels in that environment, so it is always good to consider all the possibilities.

For example, when was the last time you stopped and had a good look at the floor in your workspace? If you’ve ironed out all the other possibilities when looking at potential health and safety issues, perhaps installing a new type of flooring could have a positive effect on health and safety in your office or warehouse. We’ve listed three potential reasons as to why your floor could be causing many company accidents, and what you can do to help avoid these. Read on for more information.

  1. Uneven Surfaces Can Cause Trip Hazards

If your feet are accustomed to walking on a certain surface, if that surface then deviates from the norm then you are likely to trip up. It doesn’t matter how aware you are of your surroundings, or whether you are normally pretty heavy footed, it happens to all of us. Humans work partially on muscle memory and if things differ slightly from what they’ve come to expect as the norm, it can even result in accidents. Much like a blind dog would have difficulty in a new home, we have difficulty memorising a recent change in environment and this can cause more accidents than it normally would.

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By making sure that the whole floor is level and even, you can prevent the likelihood of trips, slips and falls. This helps to reduce the chances of people hitting their head and getting a concussion and can also help with liquid spills and other minor annoyances. This is also ideal if you are planning on building upon the existing foundations, for example if you are thinking of installing commercial mezzanine floors, or any other renovations to the premises.

  1. The Floor is too Slippery/Not Quite Slippery Enough

Along the same lines as having an uneven floor, if the floor you are used to working on is a little too slippery, this can cause accidents left right and centre. However if the floor sticks to a certain type of footwear, this can also cause trips and can even result in a twisted ankle or two if your colleague is in a hurry. With a new flooring that has all the proper groundworks laid down beforehand, you can choose its consistency and check to see whether or not it is suitable for your company. There are resin flooring companies who provide a certain type of hygienic flooring specifically designed for the food and hygiene industries, so shop around a little bit to see if there is a type of material that would best fit your business.

  1. Odd Pigments and Distracting Colours Can Have an Effect

Did you know that floors and ceilings with harsher colours can cause headaches more frequently throughout the day? If you spend too long looking at a particular colour, this can cause eye irritation, headaches and even migraines if you are not careful. Brighter colours are also more distracting and can prevent people from working productively, which is why grey has been such a staple for so many years in the professional industries. If you’re going to lay the groundworks down for a new floor, consider a more muted colour so that people are less distracted for it. You can also consider a nice pattern but don’t go too crazy with it as it can be irritating. Plain patterns and pastel shades are always good for large areas of floor space.

At the end of the day, unless it is relatively impossible for you to lay down a new flooring level, it would certainly be worth looking at. Making sure that you have a clean and hygienic flooring with no visible bumps or rough edges can really help to reduce trip hazards, slips and falls in the workplace. If you work in a fast paced environment such as a restaurant or a delivery warehouse, it is even more important that the floor is as sterile and smooth as possible, as a trip or slip could cause more damage than just to the participant in the accident.

It is important to think of your company in the long run and whether or not having the right type of flooring would be beneficial to your business. In most cases, it will be and it creates a good foundation upon which you can begin to build a safe and stable business.

Mike JamesArticle provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Octego Ltd, a South East based fit out and refurbishment specialist. Mike James is an independent content writer working alongside a small number of companies in the property industry across Sussex.

With over 15 years writing experience, Mike combines his passion for property with a love of journalism to provide a positive reading experience where represented companies are concerned.