The True Cost of Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are a major concern for retailers and businesses. According to a report by Zurich North America that focuses on hazards related to snow and ice, the average cost of a slip and fall to an organization is $30,670. In addition to claims by consumers there are also a high number of incidents reported by workers. For a retailer with thousands of visitors per year and hundreds of employees, these claims can cost millions. The good news is the number of claims can be reduced if the right maintenance and flooring plan is in place.

We recommend the following best practices when considering how to mitigate risk in your entrance or lobby:

1. Be sure to have an expert evaluate all of the factors that contribute to risks such as moisture, floor surface materials, overhead coverage and treatment of transitional areas between parking areas and the entrance.

2. Vestibules should have recessed grid systems or permanent carpet installed that act as scrapers on shoe bottoms to remove dirt, debris and moisture.

3. Quality matting, inlaid carpet tiles or permanent carpet tiles with beveled edges should be provided at the interior door threshold and extend 15 to 20 feet into the building to provide additional wiping of shoe bottoms.

4. Maintenance is as critical as the products or systems chosen.

5. The use of caution or wet floor signs is highly recommended to give employees and consumers notice that the floor is slippery when wet. The lack of notice is mentioned often with employee and consumer claims and may cause claim reserves to be increased significantly.

 

The Matworks offers expert advice for all your commercial flooring needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

 

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Mats: The Benefit of Buying vs. Renting

The Matworks began nearly 50 years ago as a mat rental and laundering company and for many years this was the primary service we offered our national retail customers. As our business and the needs of our customers evolved, so too did the mat rental business. Matworks began working with global suppliers and market leaders who had the ability to produce quality commercial products that could last for years. With high quality and value engineering in mind, we worked closely with our customers to determine that buying a high quality dense fiber product was much more cost effective than renting.

Here’s what we learned after 25 years in the rental business and another 25 selling high quality purchased mats:

Cost Savings

  • We estimate the cost to rent one 4’ x 6’ mat with a standard three-year contract is approximately $800 annually. Most companies require more than one mat, multiply this times several mats and you’re looking at several thousand dollars. Compared to the investment in purchasing a high-quality, durable mat such as Matworks Zephyr, Monster, Dreadnought, Preference or Ambassador, the difference is certain.
  • A recent ROI analysis for a grocery chain produced an $800k savings over a three-year period. Additionally, purchased mats come with a warranty, will not shrink, wrinkle, curl or become trip hazards.

Selection 

  • Some mat rentals companies may not stock a variety of colors and sizes. If your organization’s aesthetic or functional requirements are not standard you will be forced to pick from a limited selection.

Safety & Quality

  • Rental mats tend to stay in circulation for many years, thus reducing the quality. They can break down with constant washing; the hot water and chemicals can have an effect on the durability of the fiber. Throughout years of circulation, dirt and water can be tracked into the building, necessitating more maintenance and potential safety hazards.
  • When renting multiple mats from the same company you could receive mats in completely different conditions. Some may not be exactly the same size, causing tripping hazards.

 

Investing in high quality mats from a company who has been designing and manufacturing product for national retailers for nearly 50 years is more cost-effective long term, while reinforcing the image of your brand.

The Matworks offers expert advice for every commercial flooring need, email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Pharmacy Flooring: Leading the Way in Employee Productivity and Comfort

Over 20 years ago, Matworks was asked by one of their key national customers to help develop a solution for their pharmacists, who often stand for over 10 hours a day. Matworks was built on finding innovative solutions for our customers to help them improve employee productivity and comfort so naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to help.

Pharmacists spend hours walking between compounding areas, computer terminals and service counters. Rarely do we walk into a pharmacy and see the pharmacist or their techs sitting while dispensing medication. This extended standing time contributes to stress on their back, fatigue and pain in various extremities. In a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (http://jamanetwork.com) 13% of all workers who experience pain in the workplace say this reduces their productivity levels.

Employers recognize the obligation they have to provide solutions for their employees that will enable them to leave work in the same manner in which they arrived. One of Matworks customers recently shared, “Creating a safe and healthy environment not only provides a significant ROI but it is our moral obligation”; we couldn’t agree more.

The right anti-fatigue pharmacy flooring can reduce or eliminate fatigue — along with related health and safety hazards, while improving worker productivity. PreferenceEze and PharmaEze are two options Matworks has developed, both widely used in over 4,000 pharmacies nationally. PreferenceEze is a needle punch fiber top surface with foam backing that can be used as a runner or wall-to-wall. PharmaEze is a puzzle cut black foam rubber product made of a unique two-piece construction.

Pharma Eze Pharmacy Flooring

Pharma Eze Pharmacy Flooring

Preference Eze

Preference Eze

The use of anti-fatigue solutions helps improve worker productivity and eliminate many of the work-related health problems caused by standing in one location for long periods of time. Making use of these systems is an important part of the big picture when it comes to improving worker productivity and reducing employer costs.

The Matworks offers expert advice for every commercial flooring need, email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution – info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Anti-Fatigue Solutions – Improved Worker Productivity and Reduced Operating Costs

Workers who stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time are reported to experience fatigue and pain in various extremities (feet, knees, back and neck) and may have more workers compensation claims and missed time at work. Employers can reduce or eliminate this fatigue — along with the related health and safety hazards while improving worker productivity by installing anti-fatigue matting or flooring.

Depending upon the environment, anti-fatigue solutions come in a variety of materials and configurations. In areas where moisture, grease or other fluids are present, a rubber solution may be best to address slips and falls while maximizing employee comfort. These wet-area mats often provide drainage as well as cushioning, improving the safety of the area.

For dry areas, a rubber or vinyl top with a cushioned backing is most often used. This option allows for easy cleaning, is antimicrobial, provides ample comfort for workers and maintains the store’s image.

PharmaEze, an option Matworks developed for a major pharmacy chain more than 20 years ago, is available as well. It’s a needle punch 7.5mm fiber top surface with a cushioned backing that can be used as a runner or wall-to-wall, offering an attractive option without sacrificing quality.

The use of anti-fatigue solutions helps improve worker productivity and eliminate many of the work-related health problems caused by standing in one location for long periods of time. Making use of these systems is an important part of the big picture when it comes to improving worker productivity and reducing employer costs.

Overview of Uses:
Pharmacy
Cashier/check out stand
Meat/deli/seafood counter
Customer service counter
Industrial work areas
Kitchens

Types Available:
Walk-off mats
Rolled goods/runners
Wall-to-wall

About The Matworks
The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.