Staircases can be extremely hazardous in any public area or place of business. These areas tend to see a higher number of accidents than other places. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an estimated 15% of all accidental deaths in the workplace can be attributed to slip and fall accidents. Unfortunately, due to the nature of stairways, people are particularly susceptible to these kinds of accidents when climbing up or down the stairs. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that many of these accidents occur on stairways. Recognizing that stairs present a serious hazard in an industrial setting, the Rubber Flooring Experts recommend avoiding dangerous situations by installing rubber stair treads on both indoor and outdoor staircases. Industrial areas tend to have very hard surfaces, and usually need to maintain a certain level of productivity. If a worker slips off a set of stairs and suffers a serious injury, they will face astronomical medical bills, and productivity in the workplace will suffer. Rubber stair mats are anti-slip, weather resistant, and extremely cost effective. This makes them the perfect solution for any busy factory, retail store, or public facility.
With its high natural coefficient of friction, rubber is an ideal material for a step mat. Rubber stair treads may be made from reclaimed or recycled rubbers, both of which are inherently slip-resistant and durable. It is hard to find a material that beats rubber in terms of inherent slip resistance. Rubber naturally comes with a high degree of friction, which is key to providing the secure levels of traction that keep people safe and upright on their feet. Traction is the amount of frictional force that prevents feet from slipping across a surface, so a higher level of traction results in a lower chance of a slip accident. This traction is the primary feature that makes rubber treads for stairs so useful to have in place. If a person experiences better traction, the chances of them slipping are drastically reduced. It is for this reason that rubber stair treads can alleviate a lot of the usual safety anxiety that comes with industrial staircases.
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As if the natural traction provided by rubber was not enough, some of our rubber stair mats come with surface textures for additional safety. The surface textures offered on rubber stair treads allows for extra traction, even during inclement weather involving rainfall! Surface textures consist of a design pattern featuring protrusions that are slightly raised. Each protrusion contributes to an overall improved level of grip for feet walking on top of rubber treads for stairs. These protrusions are strategically laid out in designs that are meant to enhance the overall friction provided by rubber. As a result of this friction, rubber stair treads with surface textures provide superior levels of slip resistance and safety in industrial areas. During rainy seasons, textured rubber treads for stairs add friction to slippery stairs, helping to prevent dangerous falls and keeping customers and employees safe.
In order to ensure the proper and secure placement of rubber stair treads onto each individual step, rubber treads for stairs come with an extended lip or nose that extends down over one side and helps them lock onto the edges of steps. This feature helps to make sure that each of the rubber stair treads is securely attached to its respective step and free from the risk of slipping out of place over time. The noses on rubber stair mats are slightly higher compared to the rest of the mat, providing an extra buffer that prevents feet or footwear from sliding off the edge of the step.
Rubber treads for stairs demonstrate excellent durability and weather resistance. Being made from recycled tire crumb, our rubber stair treads retain the water resistance and all-weather durability of car tires. Rubber stair mats are able to not only withstand hard physical contact, but also harsh elemental environments. This makes them suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. Whether the rubber stair treads are used in your home, in a department store, or even outside, they are tough enough to survive the conditions of weather and the foot-traffic associated with stairways.
In addition to protecting people from slips and falls, rubber stair treads are perfect for protecting the actual steps of the staircase. Over time, steps can suffer from damage. This is especially true for staircases in industrial that see a high volume of foot traffic going up and down on a regular basis. Constant pounding from footsteps each day gradually inflict wear and tear on stairways. Steps that are chipped or worn away can pose a serious threat because they cause people to lose their footing. Rubber stair mats are perfect for shielding these surfaces from damage because rubber can absorb physical shock and impact. Rubber treads for stairs prevent the force of impacts from reaching the actual surfaces of the steps, protecting them from damage.
Rubber stair treads can affect the aesthetics of an area. While we have rubber treads for stairs that have a simple design that is more suited to industrial settings, we also offer rubber stair treads that have more elegant cast iron style designs on them. These more stylish sorts of rubber stair mats have the same durability and protective qualities as their more industrial looking kin, but they differ only in their aesthetic sensibilities. Aesthetically pleasing rubber stair treads can be used in industrial settings for the purpose of adding a new visually pleasing element to the area.
Rubber stair treads are long lasting for abrasive environments and are able to protect staircases from damage that would otherwise have occurred over time. If you have pricey wood floors, rubber stair mats will serve as a protective flooring layer between wood floors and oncoming traffic. Invest in anti-slip safety—explore our top-selling rubber stair treads or contact a Rubber Flooring Expert for a recommendation!