Avoiding Slips and Falls at the Workplace

slips picWhile some of us may be clumsier than others, we have all had taken a stumble once or twice (or several times) while at the workplace. For employers, these types of incidents can be particularly risky.

Falls, trips, and slips make up the majority of general industry accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It has also been found that these occurrences:

  • Are the main cause of accidents that lead to 4 or more days of work missed
  • Cause 15% of accidental deaths per year, making them the second-leading cause of accidental deaths behind motor vehicle accidents.
  • Cause 25% of reported injury claims per fiscal year
  • Are the reason behind 65% of all work days lost

There are many factors that can lead to someone falling, tripping, or slipping in your workplace. Some of these include:

  • Floors that are wet from water, grease, or something else that would cause it to be slippery
  • Damaged or uneven floors
  • Exposed cables or cords
  • Wet or muddy shoes
  • Slanted surfaces or ramps that don’t have a skid-proof surface

One way to easily solve all of these problems is by installing a proper matting system. The first step to is to select an outside entrance mat to keep materials like dirt, mud, and show from making their way into the building. Our Econo II, Aqua Tread, and Scraper mats are perfect for this job.

The next step is to place a mat at the indoor entrance to further trap materials, providing everyone who enters the building a chance to rid their shoes of anything that could cause them to slip as well as water and mud that would cause the floors to be dirty and dangerous. For these purposes, try one of our Endura or Econo I mats.

Another option is to install an architectural entrance system. These include our Pro-tracks, Stainless Steel Pro-Grille, Endura-Track, and Cocoa Matting.

Finally, remember that mats aren’t just for the entrance! Consider putting mats throughout the building in other high-risk areas. Check out our runners, anti-static mats, and anti-fatigue mats and consider how these items can further prevent accidents from ocurring at your workplace.

Protect yourself and your employees by preventing falls, slips, and trips. Check out all of our products on our website or pinterest:


Waterhog Mats

During the past several years, Waterhog mats have become a flooring staple throughout the industry. They are made from durable material that prevents dirt, water, and debris from being tracked inside. They are waterhog mat picadditionally beneficial due to how easily they are to clean and upkeep. Waterhog mats simply need to be vacuumed, hosed, or shook off and they dry quickly and easily.

Mat Depot offers a wide selection of Waterhog mats that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, design, and colors.  Here are some examples of the types of Waterhog mats we sell and a list of their unique features:


  • All-weather construction
  • Molded-rubber borders trap water, snow, ice, soil, and sand
  • Suitable for high traffic areas
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Super absorbent polypropylene surface supported by solid rubber cleats
  • Crush proof


  • Outstanding performance
  • Outstanding beauty
  • Tough
  • Waterhog surface made completely from post-consumer PET plastic bottles
  • Polypropylene fabric
  • Multi-denier fiber construction
    • Combines thick fibers for scraping with fine fibers for wiping
    • Reinforced rubber surface, borders, and backing
      • Provides mat with maximum strength
      • Suitable for moderate to heavy traffic
      • Indoor and outdoor use


  • Comes in half oval, half oval one end, or half oval both ends
  • Exceptional performance
  • Extraordinary beauty
  • Green friendly
  • Face design configured with half oval pattern
  • Raised oval pattern construction removes dirt and moisture
  • Made from 100% post-consumer PET plastic bottles
  • Polypropylene fabric
    • Dries quickly
    • Will not fade or rot
    • Rubber reinforced surface, borders, and backing
      • Provides mat with maximum strength
      • Suitable for moderate-heavy traffic
      • Indoor and outdoor use

To see our full selection of Waterhog mats, submit a sample request, or place an order please visit our website! http://www.matdepot.com/categories2.cfm?CategoryID=56&products=Waterhog%20Floor%20Mats