Over 8 million slip-and-fall accidents occur in North America every year, with over 600,000 resulting in hospitalization. More than 15,000 people die annually as a result of a slip and fall which has doubled in the last 10 years. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20% to 30% of people who experience a slip and fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head injuries. These injuries can inhibit mobility and hamper independent living. Slip and fall accidents are the common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The most common fractures are of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand. Slip and falls are mainly caused by a slippery surface.
No one goes through life expecting to be in an accident. A wet floor is an inherently dangerous condition that can cause an individual to slip, stumble, or fall hitting the ground, often suffering injuries as a result. Yet though the dangers associated with a wet floor seem obvious, many property owners and managers struggle to find a practical solution to the condition, enabling members of the public to come into contact with the dangerous situation.
Buildings with high pedestrian traffic, such as office buildings, hotels, and residential complexes, often deal with water that is tracked in from outside. This becomes a widespread safety issue in times of weather such as rain, snow, sleet, and hail. Many facilities try to solve the problem with unsightly floor mats.