Floor Measurement:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF): We can measure the Static Coefficient of Friction of your floors using the American Slip Meter 825. Documenting the Static Coefficient of Friction of your floors provides valuable data about safety levels and ongoing maintenance. We can provide record keeping of your floors history.

 

Accepted Industry Standards:

  • The American Disabilities Act (ADA) passed by congress in July 1992 Title III notes: For all business open to the public, The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB) recommends flooring and walkways have a coefficient of friction level of .60 or above and .80 for ramps. There are penalties for failure to comply and tax benefits for those businesses taking steps to comply.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was founded in 1970 with the mission to "assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance." OSHA does NOT currently have any published standards regarding slip resistance; however OSHA inspectors can issue citations to businesses and property owners for excessively slippery floors. 

  • As adopted by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM): .50 COF or above has been traditionally recognized as providing non-hazardous walkway surfaces.
  • According to the National Floor Safety Institute, high tractions floors, those with a wet SCOF of .60 or higher, have been clinically proven to reduce slip-and-fall claims by as much as 90 percent. Just imagine if these proactive measures could reduce slip-and-fall claims within your company by 70, 80 or 90 percent, what an impact that would make not only on the lives of your employees and customers, but also on your bottom line.

Man wins $7.5 million suit against Starbucks

VISTA — A Vista Superior Court jury on Friday ordered Starbucks to pay a chiropractor and his family $7.5 million as compensation for a 2008 slip-and-fall accident that left him with a brain injury.The amount, decided upon after a 2½-week trial, compensates Anthony Zaccaglin, 51, and his family for loss of income, medical expenses and the loss of enjoyment of life court records show.The March 20, 2008, incident occurred at the Starbucks on Melrose Drive near the Vista courthouse. Zaccaglin bought a drink at the cash register and was walking to the other end of the counter to pick up his order when he slipped and fell, striking his head on the tile floor, according to his attorney, John Gomez. A Starbucks employee had just mopped the area, Gomez said. A store manager testified that she put out three “wet floor” cones, but other witnesses said they saw only one, the attorney said. Zaccaglin went to a doctor the next day with persisting head pain, nausea and other symptoms and was told he suffered from a concussion. Doctors later diagnosed him with mild brain trauma, for which Zaccaglin underwent 1½ years of brain-injury therapy, Gomez said. He has not been able to return to his job. He resides in Menifee. A Starbucks spokesman said in a statement that providing a safe environment for customers is a top priority, and the company was sorry Zaccaglin was injured at its Vista store. “However, we are disappointed with the size of the verdict as we made every effort to reach a mutually agreeable and reasonable settlement with Mr. Zaccaglin,” the statement said. “We are reviewing the decision to determine what, if any, steps we may take in response.” Gomez disputes Starbucks’ claim, saying the Seattle-based company never offered more than $100,000 to settle the case.  Source: San Diego Union Tribune, "Man wins $7.5 million suit against Starbucks," Kristina Davis and Mike Freeman, Dec. 23, 2011 

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