How Do You Know if Polished Concrete is Slippery?
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), 55% of slips, trips and falls are caused by a hazardous walkway surface. Because of the high gloss produced by polishing concrete, many end users associate this with other polished surfaces and erroneously assume it is slippery. In some cases they are correct, but not always. Over the past 25 years I have worked in the slip and fall prevention industry and I have yet to find a one-size-fits-all approach between the gloss level of a walkway and its slip resistance. Much of what our society has come to expect regarding the gloss level of a floor and its inherent safety comes by way of marketing. During the 1950’s, consumers were first introduced to high-gloss floor finishes which not only offered the benefit of ease of maintenance but that of the “wet-look” which was associated with the “clean look”. This trend grew through the 1960’s as manufacturers of vinyl floor coverings began to introduce high gloss vinyl no-wax floors and further grew in the 70’s and 80’s with gloss enhancing vinyl floor cleaners. In the end, we as consumers have come to associate a clean floor to that of a shiny floor. Unfortunately, these clean looking high gloss floors are too often perceived to be as slippery as ice.
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Prairie Supply inc. is a supplier of construction equipment and materials. We specialize in, but are not limited to concrete construction.
For more than 20 years Prairie Supply has serviced the Dakotas and beyond as a reliable customer service oriented supplier. Prairie has been a part of some of the biggest projects in the region, lending knowledge and support to the hardworking contractors in the field or at the drawing board.