Slips, Trips & Falls are Risky Business

Protect Yourself!

 

FAST, LOW COST PREMIUM EVALUATIONS

THAT STAND UP IN COURT

 

Why Act? FACTS
● Costly: total damages currently over $4B/year in litigation, hospitalisation, etc.
● 2nd leading cause of injury & death
● 20% of all workplace injuries
● It’s your legal responsibility (“Duty of Care”) to protect employees and the public

Induction Group provides Compliance Reports for all slip resistance testing and forensic investigation services

 

● Know what the results mean

○ Tests include all data AND interpretation (Compliance Report)
○ Fitness for purpose
○ Assessment of safety risk

○ Specification for new or existing designs

● Assessments per nationally recognised standards, codes and legislation

All test data is interpreted for you – because test results are almost meaningless unless you understand and are able to navigate test results in conjunction with relevant compliance criteria, as specified in the Handbooks, building codes and legislation.  We also make assessments as to the (minimal number of) areas that should be tested – so that our clients are not left guessing about anything.

 

Click here for our slip testing brochure: Induction Group Slip Testing v2.0

Slip and Fall Incident
Slip and Fall Incident

Expertise:

● Assessments endorsed by certified Engineers

○ nationally recognised accreditations i.e. Engineers Australia, Materials Australia, etc.

● Years of experience encompassing all possible scopes of testing & materials

● Accident/incident investigations and Expert Witness services to all courts, including Supreme, County and Magistrates; VCAT

Applicable Standards (Australia)

● AS 4586:2013 Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials
● AS 4663:2013 Slip resistance measurement of existing pedestrian surfaces (in situ):

○ assesses slip resistance under a wide range of environmental conditions

● Relevant building codes and legislation e.g. National Construction Code (NCC), OH&S/WHS, DDA, etc.

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Testing Methods

 

Dry Floor Friction Testing 

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• suitable for testing surfaces under dry environmental conditions
• uses electronically powered equipment aptly called the “Tortus’ to measure the dynamic Coefficient of Friction (CoF) directly

A weighted rubber slider is dragged across the surface at constant speed for 800mm, generating test results. The test run is then repeated in the perpendicular direction and the results are averaged as the ratio of the horizontal and vertical forces (CoF).

Dry Floor Friction Test Results
Dry Floor Friction Test Results

While the dry floor friction test is recommended for predominantly dry areas, at least one wet testing method should be used for all external & internal surfaces that have a reasonably foreseeable risk of becoming wet.

Wet Pendulum Testing

 

• direct measure of the friction between test foot and floor surface
• the spring loaded rubber test slider of the foot exerts a quantified force as it slides across the (wetted) surface of the test specimen

• Rubber sliders are either Four S/slider 96 (simulating a standard shoe sole) or  TRL/slider 55.

The TRL option is used for highly slip resistant and profiled surfaces.
• Results are expressed as a Slip Resistance Value (SRV) and classified in accordance with HB (Handbook) 197 and HB 198

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Table: Classifications of Wet Pendulum SRV Results
Classifications of Wet Pendulum SRV Results

HB 197 and HB 198 Specification & Classification Criteria

Standards-Australia

HB 197 and HB 198 provide guidelines for the specification and classification of slip-resistant pedestrian surfaces. They recommend minimum floor surface classifications (in accordance with test results) for a variety of locations, and include a commentary on the test methods, as well as inclining platform classifications and tables to correct pendulum readings for slope.

 

Guidance is also provided on ‘deemed to satisfy’ provisions introduced into the NCC in 2014 for particular applications such as stair treads, nosings and some ramps, as well as appropriate slip rating, criteria for verifying compliance, and design for slip resistance of sloping surfaces.

Additional Services

● Slip Incident Investigations:

○ Forensic reports & Expert Witness services to all courts

● Cost sensitive ongoing monitoring programs
● Evaluations can include lighting, activities, stairs, slopes, contamination, distractions, etc.
● Remediation Advice

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