It’s November, and winter is just around the corner – which means nasty, wet, slippery, dangerous weather. Are your entrance mats up to the challenge?
Keeping your floors safe in public areas isn’t just good business. Did you know that under the Occupier’s Liability Act in BC, it’s actually part of your legal duty of care as a building operator?
Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of serious personal injuries in Canada. In 2016-2017, there were nearly 9000 hospitalizations in Canada due to falls on slippery surfaces! Falls are a significant cause of injuries, accounting for 34% of injury-related total hospitalizations in Canada, with the most common fall-related injuries being wrist and ankle fractures and head trauma. But some people are more vulnerable to being hurt by a fall on a slippery surface, particularly those who use mobility devices and the elderly.
Using the right entrance mats in your commercial properties helps in other ways, too! Performance-oriented entrance matting that actually cleans and dries feet helps reduce overall direct costs in janitorial and maintenance budgets, but also helps bolster your bottom line indirectly through improved customer perceptions of your building.
It only takes the cost of settling one slip-and-fall liability lawsuit to make quality entrance matting look like an incredible bargain!