Pro Tip! A Simple Path to Fewer Jobsite Injuries
January 24, 2023
Because falls account for 18% of time-loss workplace injuries, Axiom clients often ask us to make sure preventing trip and slip hazards has been made a part of their temporary surface protection solution for a new jobsite. And that’s when we get to tell them some really good news!
Many purpose-made floor protection products we supply have safer walkway features included by design. In fact, a well-protected floor covered with the right products fitted in the right way is always, by default, a visually clearer and overall trip hazard-free working area full stop. Some products, including the awesome solutions designed for outdoor use, even offer improved walking area grip too.
The result for construction professionals? Help to reduce the injuries-from-falls rate on jobsites through cleaner, easier-to-see and professionally installed walkways both indoors and outside. Read on to find out how to make it happen…
Preventing Jobsite Fall Injuries: Safer Pathways
Over 42,000 Canadian workers are injured annually in falls!
Thankfully proper floor protection, including outdoor products, on a jobsite will deliver some essential pathway safety benefits every construction professional can count on to perform.
A better surface
Professional floor protection and outdoor products include features such as a grip underside and walking surface as well as dirt and water-absorbent designs. Meaning a firmer, cleaner surface underfoot for busy, messy working areas.
Because some premium, tear-resistant floor protection and outdoor solutions are designed to work well with advanced fixing solutions (like Armour Tape), and even purpose-made installation tools, they can be installed both very quickly and extremely securely to reduce trip hazards.
Bold colour options are often available to make sure a bright, clean and clear pathway can be created even on the most challenging jobsites and over rough ground. The advantages, in particular, of this visual benefit, especially come to the fore in snowy, icy conditions.
See below for examples of must-see products with these features included.
But first, construction pros should assess an awesome starting point to achieve all these benefits through the tried, tested and proven Armour Grip-Terra Mat, a product we often recommend and one that’s already working hard on jobsites across North America.
In fact, the Armour Grip-Terra Mat creates an instantly safer indoor or outdoor walkway with so many benefits that many clients tell us they wouldn’t go to a jobsite without one!
• Simple: Rolls across rough or uneven ground
• Flexible: Works on snow and ice
• Cleans: Allows water, dirt and gravel to pass away from the walking surface
• Tidies: Turns a rough jobsite (is there any other kind!) into an organised system of safe walkways
• Visual: Bright orange design stands out at all times
• Low-maintenance: A spray with a pressure washer cleans a mat up like new
• Tough: Ultra-durable construction is designed to handle rough conditions
• Sustainable: Environmental advantages thanks to easy reuse time and time again
Tip: while this product is purpose-made to create safer walkways, see below for an essential overview of features providing safer conditions underfoot across many of our indoor floor protection products. Questions? Just ask! We’re here to help.
Preventing Jobsite Fall Injuries: Using Floor Protection Indoors
We recently explained how a clean and tidy jobsite helps safety, gives your work a professional image and helps jobsite margins.
Let’s take a closer look at products North American construction professionals rely on to both protect finished surfaces from damage but also create safer conditions underfoot by reducing mud, dirt and loose protection products underfoot.
Jobsite entrance: Reducing the risk of injuries from boots losing grip and slipping starts at the door. That’s why Armour Tak-Mat Pads at a doorway are an ideal way to pick up any dirt and debris from footwear remaining after an Armour Grip-Terra Mat has been used on the walkway approaching the door.
The product comes in a pad of 30 tear-off sheets and is especially ideal for dust-controlled environments like hospitals and jobsites in the final stages.
Jobsite indoor floors – the right surface: Just protecting a finished floor in the short-term with a cheap, generic solution is budget wasted if that workaround product goes on to tear and create a trip hazard.
Professional, purpose-made floor protection products are designed to resist tearing by giving an effective, dependable walking surface strong enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and even vehicles. Settling for less is a false economy!
Jobsite indoor floors – the right fitting: Poor installation of floor protection can, however, also cause a trip hazard as the protection board itself moving underfoot is obviously far from ideal.
Instead, the right adhesive protection tapes will hold floor protection firmly in place and even offer surface protection benefits in their own right. Plus, products like the Seam Tape Dispenser are engineered to make the installation of tape super-fast and incredibly accurate.
Reminder: there’s no need for guesswork when it comes to safer walkways and floor protection products. Simply request an Axiom Sample Box. We’ll even include a free pack of candy to say thanks!
You’ve Just Found An Easier, Faster Route to Fall Prevention
There are two awesome ways to make your floor protection, including fall prevention walkways, super-easy to choose and order.
- Our latest catalogue – available as a PDF or printed version – also has custom printing availability clearly marked, meaning you can plan all your temporary surface protection for a jobsite at a glance.
- Simply use our FREE Project Assistance service.
Why trust our specialists? Well, we’re the marketing leading temporary surface protection specialist thanks to…
✓ More choice: We never stop searching for the very latest innovations to add to our range
✓ Buying direct: Our solutions come straight from the manufacturers, meaning we can work together on pace-setting news ideas
✓ Market-leading expertise: We’re renowned as experts because temporary surface protection is all we do!
Most of all, we’re proud to help you save time, save money and look good on your jobsites. And we think it shows in everything we do.
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