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July 2, 2012

Top 10 Risk Factors for Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Hamilton, OH – Being aware of risk factors that can cause a slip-and-fall accident is a major concern in all types of facilities.

According to forensic reviews of dozens of slip-and-fall injury accidents, these are the 10 most commonly associated risk factors for slips and falls:

1. Surface composition: Refers to the type of floor surface and its slip resistance when dry and properly cleaned*
2. Foreign substances: Such as ice, grease, or water
3. Surface conditions: Raised or recessed edges, loose carpeting, soiling and overall cleanliness of the floor.
4. Surface changes: For instance, walking from a carpeted floor to a tile floor
5. Level changes: Surface level changes; unexpected slopes or raises of three steps or less
6. Obstructions: For example, extension cords, hoses, and other foreign items
7. Visibility: Poor lighting, but also glare, shadows, bright lights, or color contrasts, which can impede visibility
8. Human factors: Different individual physical capabilities and physical challenges, shoe types, and familiarity with a walk area
9. Stairs: Falls from stairs, which are defined as more than three steps. These typically result in the most serious injuries.
10. Unusual features: Out-of-the-ordinary conditions that might distract a walker, such as loud noises, strobe or flashing lights, etc.

“Of particular concern is ‘surface conditions’ of the floor,” says Matt Morrison, communications manager for Kaivac, developers of the OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning system.

“Conventional floor mopping methods can spread soils over floors and create a slippery situation, changing the floor’s surface condition. Selecting alternative floor cleaning systems can enhance cleaning results and lower risks.”

* Some hard-surface floors may be slip-resistant when dry, but slippery when wet or soiled.

The study was conducted by Zurich Services Corporation, Schaumburg, IL, which identifies and assesses various risk factors, including slip-and-fall accidents, for organizations and suggests appropriate improvement actions where possible.

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About Kaivac, Inc.
Headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, Kaivac, Inc. delivers complete science-based cleaning systems designed to produce healthy results and outcomes while raising the value of cleaning operations and the professionalism of the worker. The originator of No-Touch Cleaning® and the OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning System, Kaivac offers an integrated portfolio of environmentally friendly cleaning products designed to remove the maximum amount of soil and potentially harmful biopollutants in the most cost-effective manner possible. For more information, visit