Slips, trips, and falls are still a leading cause of non-fatal
work-related injuries involving days away from work across all industries.
Laboratory tests have shown that slip-resistant shoes designed with a special
tread helped prevent slipping, but studies in actual workplaces were lacking. To
address this research gap, investigators looked at whether a no-cost-to-workers
slip-resistant shoe program decreased the risk of slip injuries among food
Food services operations where workers received free highly slip-resistant
shoes showed a large reduction in workers' compensation claims for slip
injuries compared to food service operations where workers did not receive the
shoes, according to research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work,
Environment & Health.
The shoes provided were 5-star rated for slip-resistance as determined in
independent laboratory tests. Workers were randomly assigned at the school
district level to a group that received no-cost 5-star rated slip-resistant
shoes or to a group that did not. Investigators looked specifically at workers'
compensation injury claims caused by slipping on wet or greasy surfaces, the
type of incident that the shoes were designed to prevent. The results show that
providing highly rated slip-resistant shoes can help reduce claims for slip
AplusA-online.de - Source: he National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)