Even though stairs and stairwells have been around for several centuries, they are still considered inherently hazardous. And though many of us use stairs and stairwells almost every day, people continue to fall, trip, and slip, leading to that person, as well as potentially other people getting hurt or even killed in the process. Why people have not adapted to efficiently moving up and down stairwells is anyone’s guess. Perhaps people take the idea of gingerly moving up and down flights of stairs for granted. In North America alone, dozens of people die, and tens of thousands more become injured in some manner, whether it is their fault or the fault of somebody else’s, every year from the accidents on stairs or in a stairwell. Recently, the American National Council on Compensation Insurance estimated in that the cost of such injuries involved in a stairwell or on stairs was second only to those injuries caused by motor vehicles. The majority of stairway accidents result from a loss of balance. Are people that clumsy? Perhaps. In all honesty, the best way to minimize stairway accidents is to encourage the construction of efficiently designed stairways, combined with methods focused on raising people’s awareness regarding the consequences of unsafe movement. Nevertheless, let us look at other ways accidents on stairs and stairwells can be prevented.
A common contributing factor concerning accidents on stairways has to do with people neglecting to use the handrails. Proper design, along with the encouragement provided for people to use the handrails when traveling flights of stairways can substantially reduce the potential for severe accidents. Handrails provide people with a means to regain balance should they somehow lose it, which usually involves negligence. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that most of these incidents are caused by not paying attention and juvenile behavior.
Another method to reduce the risk of having an accident on stairs involves the implementation of non-slip materials placed on the surface of the steps. Non-slip materials exist that can be placed on stairways that help people with their footing and increasing traction. For more information on non-slip materials and grip tape, contact GloBrite Systems. In addition, and what should already be common knowledge among building owners, the regular maintenance and upkeep of the stairways will reduce hazards and accidents. Moreover, improving visibility on stairs and in stairwells significantly reduces the risk for accidents caused by misjudging location and distances.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, a phone call or email to GloBrite Systems will allow you to speak to a professional who can provide tips for making your stairways safer. GloBrite also has in stock the necessary products to increase the safety of your stairways. Contact GloBrite, and reduce the chance of accidents on your stairwells before it is too late.