In 2011, slip and fall accidents were the second most common event or exposure leading to a work injury or illness, accounting for an incidence rate of 29.7 injuries per 10,000 full-time workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And these add up to a lot of pain and money spent. Combined, falls on the same level and falls to a lower level were the number one cause for all disabling injury costs in 2010, representing a cost to employers of nearly $14 billion, according to Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. It’s a hefty price for an accident that could have been prevented!

With so much that can be done to lessen the likelihood of a workplace slip, it is shameful that they are so prevalent.

Some occupations come with greater hazards for slips. For instance, restaurants often have areas near the kitchen where spills occur frequently, setting the stage for a slip. The same is true of grocery stores where slick foods or liquids may make their way to the floor, causing more slippery surfaces than the norm.

Managers and workers in these and other high-risk industries should learn to identify shoe soles that are more slip resistant. At SR Max®, our Max Trax® outsole is the model for slip resistance and the best choice for all industries needing slip resistant shoes. Beware of worn down soles and soles that are flat or have a flat edge of the outsole. Tread on the Max Trax® outsole is shaped into patterns to allow liquids to disperse into the cutout areas and allow more rubber to grip the floor.

When shopping for a slip resistant shoe, remember the space and depth of the tread are important. Yes, we want you to choose SR Max® – our shoes are the safest available. But most importantly, we want to keep workers safe and uninjured.

Quote of the Month

“I wore my SR Max® shoes to work, but brought along my old shoes just in case I needed to break in the new ones. Lo and behold, I didn’t have to as they were so comfortable! They’re really nice looking and worth every penny.

– Tracy C