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The National Floor Safety Institute comments on slips and falls in the hospitality industry

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HURST, TX, February 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), floors are considered the most hazardous, driving more than 7 million emergency room visits and 36,000 deaths each year, most due to slip or trip and fall. Tubs and shower structures are number four on their hazardous materials list. “Far too many lives are lost due to accidental slips and falls,” says Russ Kendziorfounder and president of the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), “and even more disturbing is that most falls can be easily prevented.”

Hotels are particularly affected by slips and falls which are the leading cause of guest injuries. The most likely location for a slip and fall event is in bedrooms which often have highly polished stone or ceramic floors installed next to a bath or shower which both become wet when in use. normal use. The problem is further exacerbated by the use of soaps, shampoos, bath oils, etc., which when combined with water form a deadly combination.

Hotel incident report data reveals that many slip and fall claims in guest rooms involved injuries to the back of the head, which occurs when the person slips and falls backwards hitting the back head on a hard object such as the edge of the bathtub, the edge of the toilet or the top edge of the vanity. Head injuries are very serious and can lead to concussion, brain hemorrhage or even death. Such injuries are rarely observed. Unless there is another occupant in the room who witnessed the fall and sought immediate medical attention, the injured person may lose consciousness and cannot call for help, which may result in the death.

Surprisingly, there are no slip resistance standards or safety requirements that the tub industry follows when it comes to a minimum level of slip resistance. However, the NFSI B101 standards committee on the prevention of slips and falls is currently developing a wet barefoot safety standard that will establish the safety criteria for bathtubs and showers. The NFSI recommends that hotel owners annually treat their tubs and showers safely and use NFSI-certified high-traction floor and floor cleaners, which have been clinically proven to reduce up to 90% slip and fall claims. A slip and fall in the tub can happen in a split second and change a person’s life forever.

About the National Soil Safety Institute
Founded in 1997 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, NFSI’s mission is “to help prevent slips, trips, and falls through education, research, and standards development.” The NFSI champions the prevention of slips, trips and falls and provides independent third-party product testing, educational training programs and oversees the NFSI B101 committee which writes standards for the prevention of slips, trips and falls .

Contact: Russell KendziorFounder and President
Office: (817) 749-1705
Cell: (817) 368-1909
[email protected]

SOURCE National Soil Safety Institute