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550 The Changing World of Slip-and-Fall Analysis

Summary: Pedestrian fall incidents are frequently alleged to be caused by a “slippery” walkway surface. Building codes, safety codes, and accessibility regulations require ad equate walkway “slip resistance” without specifying how this is to be confirmed. Demonstrating that a walkway surface provides sufficient (or insufficient) tracti on is a complex task – requiring expertise and (where appropriate) the use of a tribometer for traction measurement. The past five to ten years have seen major advances in the scientific foundations for tribometry, through correlation of tribometer measurements to actual human slip e xperiences – and this is slowly advancing the “standard of care” for slip-and-fall analyses.


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