It is generally believed that chequer plate is a solution to prevent slips and trips but if you have ever stepped or walked on wet or oily chequer plate that is contaminated, you will immediately know this is not the case. In fact it is a main contributor to thousands of slip accidents, indeed chequer plated surfaces are a slip hazard.
Recently, one of regular customers, Sovereign Construction was tasked with finding a solution for their client, Newhaven Port Admin Offices as they were having problems with slippery metal steps on an external metal chequer plate staircase. The staff using this staircase were finding that in wet weather conditions the steps were extremely dangerous.
This means the thickness is consistent throughout the length of the product, and it’s more rigid and resistant to expansion, making it ideal for high footfall areas. Furthermore, in utilising isophthalic polyester resin with glass woven matting, GripClad’s non-slip GRP stair tread covers reach the highest demands in both safety and durability.
GripClad uses the Pendulum Test method (WF rubber slider, certificate available on request) to measure the GRP slip resistance levels. The top surface when dry reading comes out at 71, when wet the reading is 63. Any reading above 65 is considered extremely low for potential slip – so you can be sure you’re safe with GRP.
Needless to say, work to the slippery metal steps was undertaken with minimal disruption by Sovereign Construction and the safety and slip resistance of the steps has been dramatically improved.
If you’re having a nightmare with chequer plate metal, then give us a call on 023 8040 6796 or email us at email@example.com to see how we can help.
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