It is generally believed that a chequer plate sheet is a solution to prevent slips and trips. If you have ever stepped or walked on wet or oily chequer plate, however, you will immediately know that this is not the case. In fact, they are a main contributor to thousands of slip accidents, indeed chequer plated surfaces are a slip hazard.
The problem: Newhaven port authority’s slippery metal stairs
One of our 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. The metal outdoor stairs have a chequer plate sheet surface, and those using them were finding that in wet weather conditions the steps were extremely slippery.
The solution: How to fix slippery metal stairs
GRP for Metal Steps
The thickness of GRP 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.
Achieving Non-Slip Stairs
If you’re having a nightmare with steel chequer plate sheets on your outdoor stairs, give us a call on 023 8040 6796 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help.
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