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IT IS FEDERAL LAW

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1982 expressly states that ALL public access areas MUST maintain slip resistant floors.
  • OSHA requires workplace floors and ramps maintain slip resistant - Slip resistance is measured in terms of static coefficient of friction (SCOF).
  • The ADA requirements are .5 SCOF.
  • OSHA requirements are .6 SCOF for walkways and .8 SCOF for ramps.

IS YOUR BUSINESS IN COMPLIANCE?

  • Call CAPITOL COMMERCIAL to find out and solve your problem if not.Utilizing our slip-proofing solution, we can surpass OSHA and ADA SCOF requirements.
  • This will bring you piece of mind that you have done your part to prevent serious injury due to slip/falls.
  • Additionally, you will avoid stiff ADA fines, lower Workman’s Comp rates, and avoid million dollar litigation settlements due to negligence of these laws.

 

  • Reduce Lawsuits
  • Reduce Employee Injury
  • Reduce Workman’s Comp cost
  • It's the Law! -  OSHA  -  ADA 
  • Protect your patrons
  • Limit your liability
  • Protect the Elderly
  • Protect your Guests
  • It's the Law!
  • Save Money On Insurance
  • Proterct Yourself
  • Reduce Medical Claims

STATISTICS

According to the National Safety Council, slips and falls are the single largest cause of Emergency Room visits. Slip-and-fall incidents cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicle accidents. Recent trend analysis of data from large venues in the U.S. has shown that slip-and-fall incidents account for more than two-thirds of all incidents and two-thirds of all claims dollars paid in any given year.

Spill Response

A good slip-and-fall prevention program must take into account human errors and guard against foreseeable occurrences. Although you can't take responsibility for patrons spilling their drinks or dropping trash throughout the facility, your safety program should be constructed to respond when it happens. Can an injured party accuse you that you have not done everything you could to prevent injury?

Financial Impact

Slip-and-fall incidents, whether they result in a workers' compensation claim or a general liability claim, can have a negative impact on an organization's bottom line. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip-and-fall accidents cost property owners across the country more than $20 billion each year. The NFSI also estimates that the average slip-and-fall claim nationwide cost to litigate a lawsuit has reached $100,000.

The following statements are based on National Safety Council Figures:

  • Over 275.000 Occupational injuries requiring hospital care were caused by Slip & Trips in 2008
  • Nearly 800 occupational Deaths were caused by falls in 2008
  • about $4 billion in lost productivity and compensation costs, in the United States each year.
  • National Safety Council statistics indicate that some 1200 Americans die each year — an average of one death every seven hours — as a result of slip-and-fall accidents on the same level (not on a ladder, stairs, etc.).
  • All age groups are vulnerable, but older adults are most at risk. In fact, 80% of those receiving fatal injury are over the age of 65.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 303,800 workplace fall injuries in 2000 resulting in 1,400 worker deaths.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 15 percent of incidental workplace deaths are caused by slips and falls, second only to traffic accident fatalities

As amended through January 1998 
Americans with Disabilities Act 
Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities 
Sections 1-4 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

1. PURPOSE 

2. GENERAL 

3. MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUCTIONS AND DEFINITIONS 

4. ACCESSIBLE ELEMENTS AND SPACES: SCOPE AND TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS 

4.5 Ground and Floor Surfaces 

            4.5.1* General. Ground and floor surfaces along accessible routes and in accessible rooms and spaces including floors, walks, ramps, stairs, and curb ramps, shall be stable, firm, slip-resistant, and shall comply with 4.5. 

5. RESTRAUNTS AND CAFETERIAS. 

5.1* General. Except as specified or modified in this section, restaurants and cafeterias shall comply with the requirements of section 4. 

6. MEDICAL CARE FACILITIES. 

            6.1 General. Medical care facilities included in this section are those in which people receive physical or medical treatment or care and where persons may need assistance in responding to an emergency and where the period of stay may exceed twenty-four hours. In addition to the requirements of section 4, medical care facilities and buildings shall comply with 6. 

7. BUSINESS, MERCANTILE AND CIVIC. 

            7.1 General. In addition to the requirements of section 4, the design of all areas used for business transactions with the public shall comply with 7. 

8. LIBRARIES. 

            8.1 General. In addition to the requirements of section 4 , the design of all public areas of a library shall comply with 8, including reading and study areas, stacks, reference rooms, reserve areas, and special facilities or collections. 

9. ACCESSIBLE TRANSIENT LODGING. 

(1) Except as specified in the special technical provisions of this section, accessible transient lodging shall comply with the applicable requirements of section 4. Transient lodging includes facilities or portions thereof used for sleeping accommodations, when not classed as a medical care facility. 

            9.1 Hotels, Motels, Inns, Boarding Houses, Dormitories, Resorts and Other Similar Places of Transient Lodging. 

                        9.1.1 General. All public use and common use areas are required to be designed and constructed to comply with section 4 (Accessible Elements and Spaces: Scope and Technical Requirements). 

10. TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES. 

10.1 General. Every station, bus stop, bus stop pad, terminal, building or other transportation facility, shall comply with the applicable provisions of section 4, the special application sections, and the applicable provisions of this section. 

10.2 Bus Stops and Terminals. 

10.3 Fixed Facilities and Stations. 

10.4. Airports. 

10.5 Boat and Ferry Docks. 

ENFORCEMENT 

Enforcement of the ADA is divided among several federal agencies. General enforcement is by the Department of Justice including title II, state and local governments, and title III, public accommodations and commercial facilities.

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