Custom grip tape is probably most popular for its use in the world of skateboarding, where professional skateboarders heavily rely on grip materials for traction when performing miraculous stunts on their board. While skateboarders put grip tape on the map, there are other important uses for the material. As it pertains to the theme of this blog, the focus will be on the importance of grip tape applications concerning safety measure in building areas.
Accidental falls, slipping, and tripping are the most common type of human accident involved in a building setting. As trivial as it might sound when reading, slips and falls lead to the most serious injuries involved in the workplace. Unfortunately, the human body can be quite fragile, especially when falling in an awkward manner. The most common cause of falls revolves around slippery floor surfaces. Water, condensation, oils, soaps, and cleaning substances can all cause slippage. This is why many building owners are beginning to use custom grip tape applications to significantly reduce and prevent accidental falls.
In the event of an evacuation, people on higher floors are instructed to use the stairwell, and to stay away from the elevators. The most common place to find grip tape is on the stairs, and even on the rails and handlebars while descending stairs. This is because when people are evacuating, they are stressed and their blood pressure is high, making for sweaty hands. When numerous hands are touching a rail, it becomes slippery. Therefore, if someone reaches and grabs a slippery rail, he or she might lose their balance and go tumbling down the stairwell, seriously injuring him or herself, and potentially injuring others.
If you are debating whether custom grip tape is needed in your building, contact Jessup Manufacturing for more information regarding if this is a wise safety investment for you. Jessup has been helping building owners for decades improve the safety measurements and protocols in countless buildings, and is ready to help you implement the proper safety procedure din your building.