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True Grit: Eliminating Commercial Property Fall Risks with Anti-Slip Coatings

Commercial property managers are responsible for keeping
tenants happy and safe, which includes performing proactive
maintenance to prevent potential slip and fall injuries in high
traffic areas, stairwells, and loading docks. Failing to do so
can lead to litigation, higher tenant turnover and lower lease

Unfortunately, anti-slip coatings used to increase traction
on slick or slippery surfaces are a veritable grab bag of options.
Some are designed to be applied only to specific substrates.
Others require extensive surface prep to remove existing coatings and sealants. Many shrink after drying, do not adhere well, or quickly lose embedded aggregate required to improve traction.

This can leave commercial property management firms and
the painting contractors they employ unclear on the best antislip coatings to apply. Ideally, the formulation could be applied to a wide range of substrates, resist shrinking and retain aggregate to improve traction and endure many years of wear. Given the large square footage and number of stairs involved in many projects at commercial properties, the time to complete any prep work and apply the coating should be minimized to keep costs down.

This was precisely the challenge commercial coatings contractor Roger Williams, owner of Youngsville, NC-based Williams Painting Service, faced when he was contacted by Kane Realty Corporation, a Raleigh-based real estate development company that has managed more than 6 million square feet of mix-used space since 1978.

The property management firm wanted to embark on a project
to improve the safety of four exterior parking deck stairwells
at one of its signature properties. The stairwells run seven stories, with approximately 130 treads per stairwell. Because one of the stairwells is near an outdoor workout area, CrossFit enthusiasts regularly run up and down the concrete steps daily.

“We first had to determine what coating to use to improve traction on the stairs, which get slick when wet,” said Williams.
He notes that the interior corner stairwells were under cover but exposed to the elements via large windowless openings on some of the walls. As a result, rain, humidity, and even perspiration from the fitness enthusiasts made safely navigating the concrete steps more difficult.

However, finding a safe, durable anti-slip solution for the application was a challenge, and several products he tested were inadequate. Full story »


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FSM Staff | 01.27.23

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Ambiq Named IoT Semiconductor Company of the Year for the 2nd Time

FSM Staff | 01.27.23

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The Fourth Global Lifting Awareness Day #GLAD2023 to be held in July

FSM Staff | 01.26.23

LONDON -- Powered by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) and supporting organizations, it is now a widely celebrated day where manufacturers, suppliers, and end users are among those sharing material that promotes safe and high quality load lifting.

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SFPE Foundation Awards Research Grant to Study Integration of Fire Protection Systems in Building Modeling

FSM Staff | 01.26.23

GAITHERSBURG, MD -- The SFPE Foundation announced the funding of research into integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the design, verification, and maintenance of proper fire protection systems in buildings.

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CSB Release Its Public Business Meeting Schedule for FY 2023

FSM Staff | 01.25.23

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its Public Business Meeting Schedule for FY 2023.

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