Thursday, February 16, 2012

Carpet Prevents Accidents in Slip and Fall Incidents

In Preventing Accidents, Carpet is Safer Underfoot

In his January 13, 2012 column titled “Werner Braun: Walk a little easier on carpet for Dalton’s Daily-Citizen Carpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braun discusses how carpet helps prevent serious slip and fall accidents in our homes and businesses.

The article says,

“It has been well-established by both OSHA and insurance companies that well-maintained carpet and the presence of floor matting at entrances help ensure safer floors. Carpeted surfaces are significantly more effective at preventing slips and falls than hard, smooth surfaces. And when accidents do happen, they tend to be less severe on carpet.

 Carpet’s inherent safety is borne out by a study of 225 “slip and fall incidents” from hospital records of older patients. Of the group falling on carpet, only 17 percent sustained injury. In the group falling on hard surface flooring, nearly 50 percent sustained injury.

 Together in 2012, the National Floor Safety Institute and CRI are planning to conduct a joint study on the effectiveness of entrance floor matting in removing moisture from pedestrian footwear. This will allow us to continue exploring ways in which we can all walk a little easier, even on Friday the 13th.”

Thank you, Werner

~Bethany

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