Public areas like grocery stores, lobbies of businesses, and walkways in restaurants are often cleaned to remove residue, spills, and make the company’s overall appearance better. While mopping and cleaning floors does help remove water, oil, grease, dirt, and debris, it can also reduce a floor’s slip resistance when done incorrectly.
In order for a person to not slip and fall in Georgia, there needs to be friction between a person’s shoe and the floor. This means that the floor and people’s shoes need to be clean and dry. Any factor that alters the level of friction can affect slip resistance, which includes floor cleaners.
While damaged floors, broken stairs, and objects in the walkway cause many slip, trip, and falls every year, slippery floors are the number-one contributor of slip-and-fall injuries nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over eight million people were seen and treated for slip-and-fall injuries in 2008.
Slippery floors can occur for a number of reasons, including a spill, water tracked in from outside due to rain or snow, or improper floor cleaning. A spill can be difficult for most people to see, but slippery floor conditions from bad floor cleaners are impossible to notice, causing many slips and falls.
How Floor Cleaners Contribute to Gwinnett County Slip-and-fall Accidents
Cleaning products used on floor surfaces can greatly contribute to Norcross slip-and-fall accidents due to the following reasons:
- Wrong type of floor cleaner was used for the type of floor
- Manufacturer’s instructions were not followed
- Cleaning crew did not clean the floors properly, using the correct techniques
- Cleaning products caused a buildup of film on the floor
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) has identified floor cleaners that decrease slip resistance, which you can read about here in their floor cleaner comparison (http://nfsi.org/testedproducts.php). When some floor cleaning products are used, it can cause a buildup of film in the pores of the flooring surface, reducing slip resistance. What happens is that the friction changes due to this buildup of material, which is known as polymerization. People are more likely to slip and fall when floor friction is reduced by the buildup of film.
If you suffered a Georgia slip-and-fall injury due to a slippery floor, you may have a legal claim to make a financial recovery for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. To find out if you have a valid claim, talk with an experienced Gwinnett County injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 in a free consultation.