Swimming Pool Reduces Slips & Falls by 90% with Life Floor pool decking


Open to the public as well as students, the
Unity pool has been a popular destination in Polk County Wisconsin for years for classes
and recreational use. With that heavy traffic come increased risk
of injuries due to slips and falls – especially when the deck surface surrounding the pool
is hard and slippery. For many years, the pool featured a ceramic
tile floor surrounding its swimming pool, wading pool, spa and locker rooms. According to 15-year pool manager Laurie Paulsen,
the slippery tile surface contributed to an average of 5 to 10 slips and falls per day
in the pool area. In the fall of 2016, the Unity School district
covered the tile flooring with Life Floor Super Grip Ripple Tiles in the pool area and
Life Floor Slate Tiles in the locker rooms as a way to not only spruce up the deteriorating
tile floor, but add a safety upgrade to its facility. The life floor tiles, purchased from Greatmats,
are made of a foam/rubber blend of materials, and are extremely slip resistant, cushioned
and temperature stable – all features that played into the decision to try this progressive
new flooring. Paulsen said since installing the new Life
Floor pool decking, accidents have been cut by 90 percent, kids in swimming lesson are
more willing to sit on and do demonstrations on the floor, and her own comfort has increased
dramatically from the cushion, allowing her to continue to work up to 11 hour days without
back and leg pain. Jeffrey Allen, who is in charge of pool maintenance,
is happy to eliminate the constant patching areas where tiles were falling out or damaged. And with new floor scrubbing machines to accommodate
the switch from tile to foam, he’s finding it easier to keep up with the daily cleaning
of the pool deck and locker room floors. Maintenance and Operations Director Dewey
Strilzuk added that staff and community can breathe a little easier now, knowing how much
safer the pool area has become, thanks to Life Floor pool decking from Greatmats.

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