Assessment of slip resistance under footwear materials, tread designs, floor contamination, and floor inclination conditions

Slip and fall incidences are common in our daily lives. They are not only important environmental safety issues but also important occupational safety and health problems. The purpose of this study was to use the Brungraber Mark II to measure the friction so as to investigate the effects of the shoe sole, surface condition and the inclined angle of the floor and their interactions on friction coefficient. The results of the study showed the effects of all the main factors and their interactions were significant (p<0.001). Engineering designs & ergonomic interventions in slip & fall prevention should take these factors in full consideration.

Source : Li KW, Chen CY, Chen CC, Liu L. Work. 2012 Jan 1;41(0):3349-51.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22317227

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