Slips, Trips and Falls
Safety Engineering Guidelines for the Prevention of Falling Accidents
by William English, CSP, P.E.
This book is intended to be a practical safety engineering guide for use by those who design, construct, operate and maintain buildings and walking surfaces in the course of their work of making facilities they are responsible for safer for their intended uses. And in cases where these professionals fail to accept their ethical responsibility, trial lawyers will find the contents helpful in evaluating cases and bringing legal action that will obtain justice for the injured and injurer alike.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. How
Investigative history. Coefficient of friction terminology. Static friction. Dynamic friction. Hazardous walking surfaces and finishes. Remedial steps for slippery surfaces.
Chapter 2. Slipmeters
On the uses and abuses of slipmeters, types of meters
Chapter 3. Making
the Best of Existing Floors
Floor maintenance, sweep logs, remedial floor treatments, mats and runners.
Chapter 4. Trips
The mechanism of a trip, single step accidents
Chapter 5. Slips
and Falls in Restaurants
Factors affecting slip resistance of walking surfaces, selection of walking surfaces, grease load, cleaning procedures, cleaning chemistry, grease polymerization. Gimmicks that don?t work. Effectiveness of detergents
Chapter 6. Stairs
How people walk on stairs. Handrails, guards, landings, carpeted treads, headroom, visual factors, unexpected step-downs, slip-resistant nosings
Chapter 7. Ramps
Was a ramp really necessary? Curb cuts, hazardous ramp design, asphalt ramps, painted ramps, confusing the pedestrian, use of building codes as guidelines
Chapter 8. Miscellaneous
Fall Hazards Outdoors
Wheelstops and other barriers, posts, speed bumps, door stops. Adequate drainage, roof leaders running onto sidewalks, gratings, junction boxes, dangerous landscaping features, pavement cracks and heaves, asphalt curbs, bicycle racks, maintenance
Chapter 9. Signs
Using standard graphics conventions, selection and placement, positioning, improper placement of signs.
Chapter 10. Sidewalks
Extruded curbing versus monolithic, freeze/thaw heaves and settlement, considering the behavior of people in design stages, curb heights, obstacles built into sidewalks, supervision during construction, maintenance
Chapter 11. Retail
Merchandise displays, lighting and contrast, protecting against construction and maintenance hazards, warnings, slippery floor remedies, tripping hazards
Chapter 12. Ice
and Snow Control
Planning for inclement weather, snow removal contracting, providing adequate equipment and materials, ice-melting chemicals
Extensive bibliography of safety engineering literature concerning falls and their prevention
Inclusion of NBS Tech Note 953 on slipmeters in its entirety.
Slips, Trips and Falls
by William English
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