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Number of slip-and-fall patients rises at Singing River Hospital during icy conditions | gulflive.com
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"HFI Forms Slip and Fall Prevention Workgroup, March 20, 2012 - The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) has created a workgroup to discuss ways in which cleaning can reduce slip and fall accidents in foodservice and other environments"
HFI Forms Slip and Fall Prevention Workgroup
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HFI release 3.20
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HFI Launches a Slip/Fall Prevention Workgroup
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Papa John's International awards Nu-Safe 2011 "Slice of Appreciation" in recognition of superior quality, exceptional service, commitment to value and dedication to its relationship with Papa John's.
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Preventing Slips And Falls Mastering wet coefficient of friction (COF) measurement is vital in providing hard floor slip resistance.
Westgate Resorts Leads Timeshare Industry with Floor Safety Programs
Polished Concrete and Slip Resistance
Slips and Falls Can Be Costly to Your Overall Insurance Program
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Study Confirms Concern About Older Workers' Injuries
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Preventing Slip and Fall: Mastering Wet COF Measurement
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Demonstrations for MainTain™ and Friction®
*Slip* and Falls: A Problem That Doesn't *Slip* Away
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Concrete Decor Show and Spring Training
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Caught on Tape: Slip and Fall Scams
Falls account for most ER visits
Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence and St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs treated people for a host of winter weather injuries. Find out more here.
Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training
Nashville, TN March 14-18, 2011
Polished concrete and the litigation surrounding slip and fall challenges
Where Next for Risk Management?
Fall's Aren't Funny, America's Multi-Billion-Dollar Slip-And-Fall Crisis
by Russ Kendzior
Understanding the ANSI Floor Standard
Floors need to be repaired when they present un-safe conditions, as demonstrated by a $4.8 million dollar award for a trip and fall injury.
INSIDE INSURANCE: Slip-and-fall claims get second look
Businesses are increasingly paying more attention to these claims and how they supposedly occurred.Read article...
Report: Starbucks pays $4.8 million to settle 73-year-old woman's slip-and-fall case
Jury awards $5.6M to woman who slipped and fell at a McDonald's restaurant on Maui
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NICB Says Many Slip and Fall Claims Getting a Second Look
Slip and Fall Ruling Dissolves Distinction Between Unnatural and Natural Ice and Snow Accumulations
Patent awarded to Friction®
Friction®, with it's unique characteristics, is so unique and novel, that it warrants it's own U.S. Patent. Friction® is the ultimate answer to cleaning for superior floor safety.
Retail use of polished floor surfaces has come with a cost. Over the past 40 years, slip and fall injuries on poorly designed and installed floor finishes have driven insurance costs through the roof.
Insurance companies have felt the pain from personal injury, negligence, and even wrongful death claims that are being brought against their clients due to slips and falls.
Quick Fix for Slippery Floors
Bathroom floors slippery? Friction Spray works great.
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Slip and Fault
litigation by preventing floor accidents in the first place.
Scientific Approach to Prevent Slips and Falls
As pressure intensifies, governmental and safety agencies are allocating more resources to focus on the science of why a slip or fall event occurs and on prevention. More emphasis is being placed on measuring the slip resistance values of floors when exposed to various contaminants and changing conditions, with the goal of creating a science-based process to help prevent slips and falls. How can floors be made safer scientifically? Standardizing measurement in a program approach is key. read more... or download PDF file
Florida Supreme Court Ruling On Slip & Fall Settlements
Please click on link below to see how courts are beginning to intervene on the rising cost of litigating slip and fall claims.http://www.canadianbusiness.com/
October 2009- ANSI approves the ANSI/B101 Testing for Measuring SCOF on Hard Tile Surfaces
ANSI approves the ANSI/B101.1-2009 Testing Method for Measuring Wet SCOF of Common Hard-Surface Materials.
Scope: This test method specifies the procedures and devices used for both laboratory and field testing to measure the wet static coefficient of friction (SCOF) of common hard-surface floor materials.
Purpose: This test method provides a measurement procedure setting forth traction ranges which facilitate remediation of walkway surfaces when warranted.
Application: This test method does not apply to carpeting of any type or mechanically polished tile such as polished porcelain, marble, etc., but does address the common hard-surfaced flooring materials of ceramic tile, vinyl floor coverings, wood laminates, coatings, polishes, etc.
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Westgate Towers/Planet Hollywood Opens on Vegas Strip-December, 2009. You must go see this beautiful flagship property.
Hospital Slip and Falls - A Growing Problem
Casino's Slammed with Slip and Fall Claims
Casino's and retailers here in Las Vegas are working diligently to increase sales and consumer traffic, while slip and fall accidents are climbing out of control", stated a representative from a well known Casino group in Las Vegas.
The economic downturn has affected Las Vegas in more ways than just having fewer high rollers come to town. With reduced hotel rates and prices for food and beverages rolled back to 1990 prices, it seems that what stays in Vegas may not apply to the settlements being demanded by slip and fall legal teams.
On just about every major street in town you could find a billboard touting a lawyer that can get money for personal injury, many of which highlight slips and falls. The phrase "we don't get paid if you don't" entices just about anyone that is having financial difficulties.
On a recent flight to Las Vegas, the small television screen embedded in the seat in front of me had four, yes four, advertisements for personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas.
Nu-Safe Floors adds the Caribbean islands to its list of satisfied clients for Floor COF testing
Using the state of the art BOT 3000, Nu-Safe has been testing the coefficient of friction on walkway surfaces for the past 15 years across the U.S. With over 15 dedicated and trained walkway safety specialist's, Nu-Safe can be on site to evaluate and test anywhere across the islands as well.
Working closely with several insurance companies and defense teams, the comprehensive COF reports generated by Nu-Safe have been used to show scientific measurements for any walkway surface.
For information concerning Nu-Safe's COF testing, please call 800-275-7771.
Hospitals Work To Prevent Patients From Falling
Insurance Companies, the Legal Community, and Floor Safety
Slips and falls are creating a crisis for several industries in the economic downturn. Lawyers are targeting organizations that don't have written floor safety policies in place to lessen the likelihood that employees and guests may fall if a floor surface is wet or contaminated. There are ways to dramatically improve any floor's slip resistance by using appropriate products and programs to maintain the floor during the cleaning cycle.
This article, by Nu-Safe VP Ken Fisher, has been featured in the July edition of EzineArticles.com. To get the full story, please go to our FLOOR SAFETY EDUCATION page, or click here: http://EzineArticles.com/?id=2524934
CNA Lists Nu-Safe as a Safety Resource
CNA, the "A" rated property and casualty commercial insurance provider has recognized Nu-Safe as a Safety Resource in the Risk Control tab of its web site.
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$2.8 Million Awarded to Las Vegas Restaurant Slip and Fall Victim
May 15, 2009
Las Vegas NBC affiliate station KVBC reported that a district court awarded $2.8 million to a grocery store checker for injuries sustained after she says she slipped and fell at a local restaurant.
It could be the largest payout ever - unless the restaurant owner in the case wins the appeal he plans to file. The incident happened back in 2004 and finally came to a close this week.
These damages, the victim says, caused her loss of work, pain and suffering, and piles of medical bills. After two back surgeries, she says she is in even more pain and must wear a permanent morphine pump to help manage it.
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Good Morning America: Researchers Study How The Elderly Fall in Order to Teach Them How to Fall Better
"Falls are the number one contributor to deaths in older Americans due to accident," said Mark Grabiner, of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In fact, every 18 seconds, an older adult is in the emergency room because of a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the entire Good Morning America story, including video, click on: GMA.
Papa John's Receives 2008 Spirit Award
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) awarded Papa John’s International (Papa John’s) its 2008 Spirit Award as a company that has demonstrated a significant reduction in slip-and-fall claims.
The award was presented to Mr. David Orberson, on behalf of the Corporate Risk Management Department, Papa John’s International.
“Papa John's is very proud to be recognized for our safety measures to protect team members from work place injury,” Mr Orberson said. “People are Priority #1 at Papa John's, and this is just one of the ways we can reduce work comp incidents and keep our restaurants a safe place to work.”
"The Spirit Award is a fitting recognition of Papa John's commitment and efforts toward this important safety issue,” said Patricia Fisher, Founder and CEO of Nu-Safe Floor Solutions, Inc. “Eleven years ago, the Company began working with Nu-Safe to develop a walkway safety program to reduce slip-and-fall incidents involving its customers and team members. All Corporate locations receive a floor treatment process that makes the floors less slippery when wet. Afterwards the floor’s slip resistance level is measured, evaluated and assessed every six months, which provides demonstrable evidence and documentation as to the effectiveness of its approach. In 2007, Papa John’s continued to see a reduction in claim losses due to slips and falls. "
Papa John’s International, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, operates over 3,000 company-owned and franchised restaurants worldwide. For more information on the Company, log on to http://www.papajohns.com/index.htm.
Papa John's joins fellow Nu-Safe partner, Westgate Resorts, who received the Spirit Award for properties in 2007.
Findings from National Safety Council Study, May 7, 2008
Falls Leading Cause of Injury Death for People 65 and Older
New Mexico, Wisconsin, Vermont Top List in New 50-State Breakdown
Washington, D.C. – New Mexico, Wisconsin and Vermont have the highest death rates from accidental falls among people over the age of 65, according to new data being released by the National Safety Council at a congressional briefing on this escalating crisis.
“Falls among people 65 and older is now the leading cause of injury deaths,” said Bill O’Connell, executive director of Government Affairs for the National Safety Council. “Furthermore, the mortality rate from falls for older Americans has increased 39 percent between 1999 and 2005. We must find a way to combat this growing public health concern before it is too late.”
According to the 50-state breakdown of senior death rates from accidental falls, New Mexico ranked highest with 99.26 deaths per 100,000 people over the age of 65, and Alaska ranked lowest, with 15.95 deaths. Florida had the highest total number of deaths with 1,405, but ranked 22nd in death rate at 43.01 per 100,000.
“The CDC’s alarming statistics showing that falls among seniors are a leading cause of senior disability and death should be a call to action to all of us,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) who hosted the briefing in conjunction with the Congressional Prevention Caucus. “Senior falls are not inevitable, and therefore we need to focus our federal policies and programs on proven strategies to prevent falls and their disabling and often fatal consequences.”
At the briefing experts from the National Safety Council, AARP, CDC , ElderLink and the National Council on Aging discussed the impact of falls on the elderly, the escalating cost to our nation’s health care system, and the steps needed to deal with this crisis.
“As the nation’s more than 79 million baby boomers head into their senior years, this is a problem that will only continue to escalate,” said AARP President Jennie Chin Hansen, at the Congressional briefing. “Each year, one in three Americans 65 and older falls and nearly 16,000 die from complications from a fall. That’s more than the number of deaths that would have occurred if one 737 airliner had crashed every week of the year, killing all aboard.”
Falls among the elderly also have taken a serious toll on our nation’s health care system. Medical treatment for falls among people over the age of 65 cost more than $19 billion in 2000. That number is projected to increase to $43.8 billion by 2020.
“The average cost of a fall injury for people over the age of 72 is $19,440 per person,” said David Wallace of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention. He noted there are ways to help deal with this problem. ”A recent CDC review of effective community-based interventions showed that falls among older adults can be reduced by 25% to 40% through interventions such as exercise and home modifications.”
There has been some progress on the issue with the recent signing of the “Safety of Seniors Act” (S. 845) into law. The bill calls for a public education campaign, research and demonstration projects to “expand and intensify programs with respect to research and related activities concerning elder falls.”
“With the signing of this legislation into law, Congress and the President have taken an important step in finding a way to deal with the growing crisis of falls,” said NSC’s O’Connell. “However, to show it is serious about reducing the rate of elderly falls, Congress must fund these successful programs and initiatives.” The NSC estimates that Congress would need to add $20.7 million to the CDC budget for FY09 to provide these services.
ElderLink is one of those successful programs helping to prevent older adults from falling in their homes. The community outreach program offers home visits to older adults to help educate them about what they can do to maintain their independence and reduce fall hazards in their homes. Simple vision screening tests for people over the age of 65 also has been shown to reduce falls by four percent.
“Older people want to stay in their own homes and their own communities rather than assisted living,” Jennifer Edge, a social worker from Elderlink in Fairfax, Va., who spends her days helping older adults and their families prevent falls in their homes, told staff at the Congressional briefing. “We go to their homes and show them simple things they can do to prevent falls, such as securing rugs with non-skid bottoms, installing handrails and other easy changes.”
30 National Organizations Issue Call to Action for Congress to Fully Fund Falls Prevention Programming in CDC Budget
Each year, one in three older Americans (65 and older) falls and about 30% of those who fall require medical treatment. The most recent data shows that 1.8 million older adults were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls, 433,000 were hospitalized, and nearly 16,000 died. CDC reports the mortality rate from falls among older Americans has increased 39% between 1999 and 2005.
"For adults over age 65, falls and injuries from falls are a major threat to health, independence, and their quality of life," said James Firman, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging.
The cost of doing nothing is escalating. According to the CDC, more than $19 billion annually is spent on treating the elderly for the adverse effects of falls: $12 billion for hospitalization, $4 billion for emergency department visits, and $3 billion for outpatient care. Most of these expenses are paid for by CMS through Medicare. It is projected that direct treatment costs from elder falls will escalate to $43.8 billion annually by 2020.
"Among the greatest financial challenges facing the U.S. Government, its citizens and their employers is stemming the rising cost of healthcare services," said AARP Senior Vice President David Sloane. "Significant progress can be made if we can reduce the frequency and severity of falls among older Americans."
William O'Connell, Executive Director of Government Affairs at the National Safety Council said, "CDC activity in this area is severely disproportionate to the scale of human suffering and the expense draining our healthcare system. These added monies would fund meaningful research, community programs, public education, professional education and policy analysis. The benefits of adding these funds to CDC's budget would be enormous, vastly improving the quality of life for seniors and greatly reducing healthcare costs related to falls and related disabilities."
The Falls Free Coalition Advocacy Work Group has achieved some success in drawing attention to the need for elder falls prevention. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 3701, a bipartisan bill introduced by Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ralph Hall (R-TX). On August 1, 2007, the Senate passed S. 845, the Safety of Seniors (SOS) Act of 2007, introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and co-sponsored by Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Herb Kohl (D-WI). These bills would authorize increased federal activity related to falls prevention for older Americans.
"If we are to make a meaningful difference for older adults, we must communicate to Congress and the White House that more resources are needed to adopt programs that are working," said Patricia Adkins, Chief Operating Officer of the Home Safety Council. "Trying to solve a $19 billion problem with a $1 million budget just won't work. Our older Americans deserve better."
The Falls Free Coalition Advocacy Work Group, a broad-based coalition of nonprofit organizations led by the National Council on Aging, the National Safety Council, the Home Safety Council, AARP, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Physical Therapy Association, is dedicated to improving the safety and health of older adults. Additional organizations supporting the coalition include:
- Alliance for Retired Americans
- Alzheimer's Foundation of America
- American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
- American Geriatrics Society
- American Society on Aging
- Association for Gerontology and Human Development in Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Easter Seals
- National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- National Association for Continence
- National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
- National Association for Hospice and Home Care
- National Association of County and City Health Officials
- National Association of Hearing Officials
- National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Association of State Units on Aging
- National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- National Osteoporosis Foundation
- NCCNHR: The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
- Rebuilding Together
- Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)
- Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
- State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association (STIPDA)
BOT-3000 Digital Tribometer and German Ramp Correlation Study
Early in 2006, Regan Scientific Instruments, Inc. (RSI), formerly known as Universal Walkway Testing, LP, submitted a BOT-3000 digital tribometer to undergo a correlation study with the stationary German Ramp. This study was performed at Wuppertal University in Germany. The German Ramp Method (DIN 51130) of determining the Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) has been a long-recognized benchmarking test method in Europe and some other countries for analyzing the slip resistance relationships between various footwear, floor surface materials, coatings, and contaminants. A draft report indicates a strong correlation between both device/methods using SBR rubber as the test shoe material.
Nu-Safe Receives NFSI Spirit Award
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) awarded Nu-Safe Floor Solutions its 2007 Spirit Award as a company that has embraced the true mission or “Spirit” of the NFSI and whose products contributed to a significant reduction in slip-and-fall claims.
The 2007 Spirit Award in the category of a product manufacturer was presented to Ms. Patti Fisher, President of Nu-Safe Floor Solutions, Inc., located in Walton, Kentucky.
“The mission of Nu-Safe is ... to provide their customers a unique holistic floor safety program focused on their partners’ needs and to offer high quality products and service. In doing such, they have prevented countless numbers of slip-and-fall related injuries saving their customers millions of dollars in reduced injury claims,” said NFSI’s Founder and Chairman of the Board, Russell Kendzior. “They create partnerships by offering a comprehensive approach to reducing slips-and-falls, and have been doing so for more than twelve years.”
Nu-Safe, Inc. is an international producer of various chemical treatments and cleaning agents designed to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. Nu-Safe has developed a unique approach to slip-and-fall prevention which includes:
- A comprehensive line of floor cleaners and treatments
- Periodic, customized walkway evaluations, and other program elements, which help insure floors are being maintained properly
Many of Nu-Safe’s technicians have been NFSI Certified as slip and fall prevention specialists.
Other 2007 NFSI Award categories and recipients include, the Chairman's Award, Steve Spencer of State Farm, and the Spirit Award for properties, Westgate Resorts.
Each of the three recipients received a sculpture commissioned by Bennett Galleries of Placerville, California and designed by its founder, Bob Bennett. Each sculpture reflects the spirit of those recipients who are willing to reach upward, beyond their comfort zone, and serve as a beacon to others in their industry; not just because it's good business, but good for people.
The National Floor Safety Institute was founded in 1997 as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to aid in the prevention of slip-and-fall accidents through education, training and research.