Slip resistant steel plates increasing worker efficiency at the New York Times printing facility
Steel perforated plate prevents slips and falls in heavy manufacturing environment
- The Situation
Manufacturing operations can very easily be hazardous places. Slips, trips and falls are often commonplace with workers operating in confined spaces, working with heavy machinery, and handling dangerous chemicals.
Caterpillar is committed to the safety of its employees and works to minimize the hazards within its manufacturing plants. To help mitigate slip hazards throughout the Peoria area plants, Caterpillar turned to SLIPNOT® Metal Safety Flooring for a variety of projects.
- The Solution
Caterpillar had several oily areas and confined spaces like drains and steel hatch doorways. We recommended (6) 48" x 96" x 1/8" thick steel perforated plates with Grade 2 steel coating. To meet the plant's aesthetic requirements, we painted them black.
- The Impact
Since the SLIPNOT installation, the drain area has been walked on daily with no safety incidents. The steel hatch door is no longer a slip hazard.
According to a project team supervisor, SLIPNOT® products cover thousands of square feet of work surfaces within Caterpillar's manufacturing plants. It has been installed over a variety of existing flooring options, including grating, concrete, wood block floors, and smooth steel surfaces. Stairs that were previously slip hazards have had SLIPNOT® retrofitted over the existing treads and it is "just a world of difference." SLIPNOT® is trusted throughout Caterpillar's manufacturing plants to keep employees on their feet and the project team supervisor feels it is a "great product, period."
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