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  • Slip and Fall Lawsuits Targeting Businesses on the Rise

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    What if you were told the number of commercial lawsuit claims has jumped over 50% since 2008, and many of these locations are paying out without a proper investigation?

    Sadly, this is true. And it continues to rise.

    Many businesses, including retail stores and warehouses are targeted more frequently by a team who target an easy location (slippery floors, unsafe walkways or stairways, etc) and use it to their advantage.

    As mentioned above, many companies do not conduct a thorough investigation, but instead pay out the injury claim.

    At the present time, there are not many solutions for preventing this ‘slip and fall’ act. Some say installing and maintaining CCTV cameras in hopes of catching the offenders committing this fraudulent act. Others suggest installing signs and other warning for both customers and employees.

    But what if there was a cheaper solution; one that blends in with the walking surface and prevents slips and falls at the same time? They are called Handi-Treads and feature a unique raised-button surface that provides additional traction wherever and whenever needed. Manufactured near Chicago IL these non slip treads are perfect to mount onto any surface including wood, concrete, masonry, and even aluminum.

    Many of us also know one size does not fit all. That’s why treads are manufactured in 7 different sizes and 5 different finishes for each size. That’s 35 different options!

    So the next time you consider ripping up your flooring to prevent such slips and falls, consider an alternate solution with non slip Handi-Treads.

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  • Slip-And-Fall Cases Tough to Make in Michigan Courts

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    Did You Know...?

    Slip-and-fall lawsuits once were a staple for injury attorneys. But they’ve become extremely tough in Michigan courts, due to a strict standard set by the state Supreme Court.

    The court’s conservative majority raised the bar last summer in a case involving an Upper Peninsula woman who fell outside a health club in Ironwood. The court said Charlotte Hoffner was aware of the ice and wasn’t forced to enter the club. Four justices said property owners can’t be expected to absolutely ensure everyone’s safety.

    As a result, courts across Michigan have more reasons to dismiss slip-and-fall lawsuits. Detroit-area lawyer Mark Bernstein says he’s been forced to turn away clients. He says slip-and-fall cases tied to weather represent just 2 percent of his firm’s work, compared to 20 percent in the 1990s.

  • Paula Abdul Settles Slip and Fall Law Suit for $900,000

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    During a taping of American Idol back in 2009, Jill Kohl claimed she took a nasty fall in Paula Abdul's driveway.  Ms. Abdul agreed to pay $900,000 to settle this law suit and the production company agreed to pay an additional $100,000.  Total settlement for this slip and fall incident: $1 million.

    See the full stroy as reported in TMZ: http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/22/paula-abdul-jill-kohl-settlement/#.T0fqKKg2x8E

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  • Slips and Falls and the Law

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    It should not surprise anyone that when you do a Google search for “slip and fall” the majority of the listings are for law firms. Seven of the first ten free (also known as organic) listings were for law firms and all eleven ads were for law firms. The law firms that were advertising here are spending over $13.00 for each visitor that clicks on their ad.

    Slip and Fall injuries are big business. Big legal business. According to the National Floor Safety Institute the average cost to defend a law suit is $50,000. But the average judgment if a case goes to trial is $100,000. (See CostHelper.com: http://personalfinance.costhelper.com/slip-fall-lawsuit.html)

    However most slip and fall injuries result in minor injuries and the cost for these occurrences is usually around $12,000 according to a Wausau Insurance Study. The bottom line is that slip and fall injuries are a serious concern for everyone and we all need to take precautions to reduce and avoid these accidents.

    Of course I shouldn't need to remind you that HandiTreads are a great way to reduce the number of slips and falls in your home or office: http://www.handiramp.com/nonskidtreads.htm

     

     

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  • Handi-Treads Keep Nature Preserve Guests Safe

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    Imagine walking through a nature preserve, admiring its beauty and lack of street noise.  You come up to an area with a wooden staircase leading down to a pond.  One foot is planted on the top stair, then a second foot.  Before you take another step, you are losing traction, slipping off the stair.  By instinct, your arms reach out to grab a handrail or anything sturdy enough to keep from falling and causing serious injury.

    You miss the railing and fall down a couple stairs, sending pains down your side.  Now your day is ruined because of a slip.

    Non slip treadsThis is a true story from a woman in eastern Pennsylvania who suffered a bruised hip as a result of the fall.  As a result, the nature preserve immediately took action to ensure this would not happen again, and after weeks of research found our company, Handi-Ramp.  The nature preserve, after working with our sales department, purchased over 20 of our non slip treads designed specifically to prevent falls.  Most of the treads were custom (measuring 3.75” deep by 64” long) and were mounted on a long wooden platform (pictured).  Additional treads were installed at other various locations around the preserve, including the problematic stairs.

    A few months after installing them, a woman on vacation in PennsyNature preserve treadslvania from Chicago saw our non slip treads mounted on those same wooden stairs and was quite intrigued.  You see, this woman was on the board of her condo and had been searching for a solution for slippery steps and ramps and had almost given up.  Upon a closer look she saw a phone number and upon returning home, she called the number was delighted to find out that the company who held the patent on the tread and manufactured them was mere miles away. She stopped in that day, picked up a sample and brought it to her condo board.

    About two weeks later, her board ordered several hundred treads. In a follow up phone call she expressed how pleased she was with the product and how helpful our staff was.

    Our non slip treads are designed for any application, regardless of weather conditions.  Wood stairs, boat docks, and concrete ramps are the most common surfaces that become slippery.  To order your treads today, please visit us online or call (800) 876-7267 to speak with a tread expert.

  • Winter Storms Threatening the Safety of Residents

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    As I was reading the latest updates concerning my local weather this morning, I noticed a couple articles mentioning “déjà vu” as the latest winter storm Rocky passed through my hometown of Chicago yesterday covering the area with a blanket of snow with some areas getting upwards of 13”.

     

    Today, as I continued to track Rocky’s progress, it was supposed to hit northern New York State with up to 12”, with lower New York and north/northwest Pittsburgh with up to 8”. Considering Rocky brought 3 deaths along its devastation burying Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri, and will hit the southern states with tornado threats and heavy rain, it’s a miracle more deaths haven’t been reported.

     

    I mentioned earlier the articles touched on déjà vu due to another winter storm that hit the Midwest and plains last week, requiring the Kansas and Missouri officials to declare states of emergency. Add in Rocky, and its one heck of a mess.

     

    The devastation of back to back snow storms is evident – thousands of flights canceled, vehicle crashes resulting in loss of lives, interstate closures, and plows working day and night attempting to bring their cities back to a little normalcy.

     

    On the home front, it was highly suggested by state officials that people stay home, out of the storms path. Instead of sitting in a classroom, students and teachers alike took advantage of the snow day sledding with family and friends or playing a board game. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the dangers lurking on their stairs, sidewalks and driveway – ice.

     

    With the heavy snowfall and dipping temperatures, much of the underlying snow will turn over to ice, making shoveling or grocery shopping a hidden danger. Many local hardware or convenience stores will offer salt or a similar means of removing the icy surface, but not only is it temporary but harmful to the environment.

     

    As a result, Handi-Ramp based in Chicago has designed a revolutionary product that will not only reduce or eliminate the need for salt, but allows a product to remain mounted to the problem areas year round. They are called Handi-Treads. These non slip treads are manufactured in 7 different stock sizes with the option for custom sizes, and 5 different finishes.

     

    Fortunately, Handi-Treads are designed to be utilized not only in icy conditions, but snow and rain as well. Because they are 100% aluminum, the chances of corroding when subjected to harsh conditions is slim to none.

     

    The non slip treads feature Handi-Ramp’s raised button surface which is safe when wearing shoes or barefoot. Other notable features include pre-punched holes for quick, easy installation and hardware that is powder coated to match the tread(s) of your choosing.

     

    Before the next winter storm arrives (Saturn? Triton?) be sure to install the non slip treads on your stairs. All of the sizes (excluding custom orders) are always in stock and ready to ship at a moments notice. With our location in the Midwest, there isn’t a coast line that’s more than three days’ transit (excluding weekends/holidays).

     

    To find out more information about how non slip treads can work for you, please call (800) 876-7267 (RAMP) to speak with our tread experts.

  • Falls are the Seventh Most Common Cause of Death

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    According to the National Safety Council in the NSC's recently released 2012 edition of Injury Facts®. One of the charts in this book depicts the odds of dying from various causes based upon an analysis of deaths in the US in 2008.

    You can see this chart here.

    The chart starts with the fact that everyone will die, it then lists the most frequent causes of death, the most frequent are:

     

    1. 1 in 6 people died from Heart Disease
    2. 1 in 7 people died from Cancer
    3. 1 in 29 people died from Stroke
    4. 1 in 98 people died from Motor Vehicle Incidents
    5. 1 in 109 people died from Intentional Self Harm
    6. 1 in 126 people died from Unintentional Poisoning And Exposure To Noxious Substances
    7. 1 in 163 people died from Falls
    8. 1 in 321 people died from Assault by Firearms
    9. 1 in 368 people died as a Passenger in a Car
    10. 1 in 701 people died as a Pedestrian
    11. 1 in 761 people died as a Motorcycle Rider
    12. 1 in 1,103 people died from Accidental Drowning
    13. 1 in 1,344 people died from Exposure to Smoke, Fire and Flames
    14. 1 in 4,381 people died as a Pedalcyclist

     

    Many of these statistics were not surprising, heart disease, cancer, stroke and motor vehicles all seem to be in line with reasonable expectations (if one can have a reasonable expectation about death and dying). I was very surprised by number 5, I would never have guessed that the fifth cause of death in 2008 was Intentional Self Harm, which I guess in government speak is suicide. Just under 1 percent of deaths in 2008 were from suicide, wow that is much higher than I would have expected. The seventh most common cause of death was from falls, which the government typically includes falls from a different level (stairs, ladders, and the like) and falls on the same level, which most of us think of as slips and trips.

    Of course this "deaths from falls" number is the tie in to this blog. 0.6% of the people that died in 2008 died as a consequence of a fall. Putting this in perspective with other causes of death:

    • You are twice as likely to die from a slip and fall injury as you are from firearms assault.
    • You are almost seven times more likely as likely to die from a slip and fall injury as you are from drowning.
    • You are eight times more likely to die from a slip and fall injury as you are from a fire.
    • You are 27 times more likely to die from a slip and fall injury than you are from riding your bike.
    • You are 500 times more likely to die from a slip and fall accident than you are from exposure to hornets, wasps and bees.
    • and finally,
    • For every 3 people that died from a motor vehicle accident, 2 died from a slip and fall accident.

    The most interesting thing about this is that we can all take actions to reduce the number of slip and fall accidents and actually save lives.

  • The Cost of Falling, and the Cost of Handi-Treads

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    With the current state of the economy, people simply can’t afford to miss work, especially due to an injury. Approximately 25,000 people go to the hospital every day as a result of a slip and fall accident and 65% of all lost workdays are due to slip and fall accidents which results in 95 million lost workdays per year. These injuries can produce some expensive medical bills, with the average cost of a slip related injury exceeding $12,000. Although slipping and falling is more common among older individuals, these injuries can happen to anyone in almost any environment.

    Most people buy a home security system after a burglary has taken place, and the same can be said about individuals who fall and then buy non-slip safety products. Handi –Treads™ are specifically designed to prevent slipping and falling in any environment, and can be installed in minutes on almost any surface. The average cost for a Handi-Tread is about $10 while fall related injuries can produce a medical bill in the thousands.

    Handi-Treads are a simple and cost effective way to make any hazardous environment a safe one. Preventing one fall or even a missed day at work will enable Handi-Treads to pay for themselves instantly. Handi-Treads are available in standard sizes to fit your stairs, handicapped ramp, or slippery walkway, but these treads can be manufactured in custom sizes and colors to fit your individual needs and environment.

    Medical care, insurance, and any other health related expense has been steadily increasing for years, which puts more stress on staying healthy. The statistics relating to slip and fall accidents are extremely alarming and clearly show the need for products such as Handi-Treads. Installing treads is such a fast, simple, and cost effective safety precaution that there is no reason someone should slip and fall. The best way to prevent an accident is to take action before it happens.

     

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  • Handi-Treads Offer Safety and Security on College Campuses

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    Many colleges have just a few weeks left of classes before students go home for the summer. Now is the time to think about and act upon pressing safety issues.

    Among the issues will be talk of slips and falls among students and staff while walking to a building, dorm or restaurant on campus.  Furthermore, slips and falls have become such a hot topic that many universities (Purdue, UnionUniversity of West Florida, Princeton, etc.) have started to post signage asking pedestrians to report possible locations for slip and fall injuries.

    Our research has shown many universities prefer to pay millions of dollars in construction costs to fix these slip and fall areas in hopes of reducing or preventing avoidable injuries.

    But, why pay millions of dollars for construction permits, material, and time spent if there’s a cheaper and easier alternative?

    Handi-Ramp, based in Libertyville IL saw a problem and created a solution.  Now sold worldwide, their product named Handi-Treads, are an inexpensive and easy to install solution for high risk slip and fall areas around your campus.

    You may have seen, know about, or installed a non slip grit tape or grip paint to prevent such slips and falls; however the cons far outweigh the pros.  Handi-Treads are made from aluminum which is weather and corrosion resistant; grit tape and grip paint are not weather resistant, and although they do not corrode the composition degrades easily.

    Handi-Treads can be mounted on your front stairs, and then moved and re-mounted on your rear porch, and moved again to your sidewalk with little effort and does not leave a sticky residue.  Grit tape and grip paint can be moved, but you’ll spend time scraping the remaining residue off the surface.

    Handi-Treads are available in seven stock sizes and five finishes with custom sizes available.  Grit tape and grip paint are available to consumers in limited sizes and even more limited colors.  No custom size grit tape is available.

    Non slip treads have been purchased and installed by dozens of community colleges and universities for many years, preventing not just the slip and fall but also the resulting injury or even death associated with it.

    With campuses across the country thinning for the summer, now is the time to think about keeping students and staff safe year round with Handi-Treads.

    To learn more or place your order, visit www.handiramp.com, call (800) 876-7267, or visit our Handi-Ramp Amazon store page.

  • Handi-Treads Make a Great Spring Cleaning Gift

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    As the first day of meteorological spring 2014 falls upon our nation, hundreds of thousands of people are still digging out of several 2013-2014 winter storms including #WinterStormAtlas, #WinterStormBoreas, #WinterStormCleon and #WinterStormDion.

    According to The Weather Channel this morning, more cold air will move into the Midwest, East, and parts of the South regions early next week bringing the possibly of more winter storms.

    With a much needed thaw covering much of our nation these past couple of weeks, what does this mean for the regions mentioned above? It means any standing water on city sidewalks, driveways and porch decks could freeze, leaving a slippery mess for people.

    Did you know slips and falls cause more than 19,000 deaths in the U.S. annually (source Center for Disease Control)?

    With Mother Nature’s relentless winter breaking snow records in New York City, frigid below average temperatures in Chicago, and near record breaking numbers for ice covering the great lakes (92%) it’s no wonder millions of Americans are fed up with this weather.

    But as I stated earlier, more winter weather could invade our air over the next several days, leaving Americans to fend for both their safety and others against slips and falls when leaving their home.

    To prevent this, we at Handi-Ramp have designed a permanent and inexpensive solution for this growing problem. Named Handi-Treads, they are made from aluminum measuring 3.75” wide by 30” long and are designed to be mounted on to any surface aimed at preventing such slips and falls. You may have heard of a non slip grit tape or maybe grip paint, right? Well, our tread would replace those useless products.

    Manufactured with our unique raised-button surface, aluminum treads provided unparalleled traction regardless of weather conditions or mounting location. They are available in several varying sizes and colors to meet your needs, and come with a lifetime residential warranty so long as you maintain ownership of the property, and a one year warranty for commercial locations.

    What’s more, if you decide a few years down the road that your mounting location was not the best choice, simply remove the tread and place it elsewhere – you won’t need to worry about scraping up dried glue from the faded tape.

    We promise you will be satisfied with our product, and if not, feel free to return it for a credit! For more information about our non slip tread or to make a purchase, please call (800) 876-7267 or visit www.handiramp.com

    For those of you located in Canada, please see our Amazon Canada products (http://tinyurl.com/pddawq5).

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  • Handi-Treads Made Available in Canada via FBA Program

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    In the latter weeks of December 2013, Handi-Ramp sent off a shipment of non slip tread kits to an Amazon Canada fulfillment center with the goal of selling said tread kits to the citizens of Canada, saving them on the high cost of shipping and transit time.

    Amazon FBA deliveryWhen Amazon first offered their Prime service at an additional cost in the United States in 2005, Amazon’s intention was to offer the customer a free 2nd day shipping upgrade by shipping the product(s) directly from their warehouses.  Also available is the ability to request overnight shipping for a discounted fee.

    The Prime membership became so popular in the U.S. that Amazon expanded the program to another 6 countries; Canada in early 2013.  With Handi-Treads now available on the shelves of an Amazon FBA warehouse, what’s not to love?

    Prime customers are able to place an order for our tread kits and within 2 business days will have their package delivered with contents carefully packaged.  Since the kits will already be in Canada, there’s no need for a customer to pay excessive shipping or customs charges, saving quite a bit of money.

    This sounds great, but how will Handi-Treads benefit me?

    Well, the most important reason is to prevent unnecessary slips and falls. There’s no worse feeling slipping on a set of stairs or a ramp and bruising a hip, breaking an arm, knocking out some teeth, or visiting the hospital.  Non slip aluminum treads have been tested and proven to outlast both non slip grit tape and grip without any special care or maintenance.  Prefer to move them?  No problem!  Our aluminum treads do not utilize a sticky residue, allowing you to simply unscrew the hardware included and lift.  That’s it!

    Handi-Ramp has made purchasing tread kits in Canada hassle-free by offering them thru Amazon’s FBA program, saving time and money.

    To learn more about our product, please visit our Amazon listings.

  • Handi-Treads Officially Launches in Canada FBA

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    After months of preparation and planning, non slip treads by Handi-Ramp are now officially available thru Amazon’s FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) Canada program.

    What does that mean? For those current and potential customers located in Canada you no longer have to pay excessive shipping and handling fees to receive your product, or will you need to wait upwards of a week to receive your treads.

    As of Friday, December 20th two listings became active on Amazon.ca in which Canadian residents are now able to purchase a 3 pack or 5 pack non slip treads, the hardware to mount them, and specific instructions (Handi-Ramp calls these "kits"). Each kit is available to be purchased thru the Amazon FBA program which offers customers free two day shipping with Prime membership, or overnight shipping for an additional cost.

    Again, no longer will Canadian customers need to pay for the international shipping (which by the way does not include duties and taxes) and wait upwards of a week to receive their product. Now with one click, customers can purchase a kit and receive them anywhere in Canada within just a few business days!

    Non slip treads are designed to reduce/prevent people from unnecessary slips and falls on wood surfaces (decks, porches, stairs, boardwalks, marinas, boat docks, etc). Treads feature our unique raised-button surface which creates the instant traction, saving family and friends from injuries and trips to the emergency room. Non-skid treads can be mounted in any weather condition and will not fade/peel like non slip grit tape or grip paint, which needs to be replaced every few months.

    For any questions regarding the FBA program or how treads work, please call (800) 876-7267 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     

  • Keeping the Family Safe During the Holidays

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    As we near the end of 2013, one thing is for sure: the year went by really, really fast.

    I can remember sitting at the Thanksgiving table with the family, eating turkey, potatoes, and other dishes that aunts and uncles brought like it was yesterday.

    But of course it wasn’t yesterday – it was almost one full month ago. Like I said, time flew very quickly this year.

    And if you are one of the millions of people to host Christmas for your family this year, it’s not too late to safeguard your home from unnecessary injury, specifically outdoors.

    The Weather Channel has indicated all week that both rain and snowstorms alike could cause many headaches while on the road, but fails the mention the dangers after pulling into the driveway. Now, don’t get me wrong – rain may not cause as much damage as one might think, but what happens when the air turns colder and changes the rain to snow? Now homeowners and property manages must shift their concerns to the ever-growing concern of a family member or close friend slipping and falling on the driveway without ever making it to the sidewalk.

    To prevent such an accident from occurring, Handi-Ramp in Libertyville IL has created non slip aluminum treads designed to provide the additional traction one needs to safely walk, well, anywhere. The treads can be mounted to any surface in just a minute or two and does not require anything more than a hand tool or powered drill.

    As I mentioned before, The Weather Channel indicates snow across much of the northwestern parts of the United States, and stretching eastward into New England.

    No one wants to have an aunt, uncle or family friend slipping and falling before they make their way into the home. Protect them and yourself with non slip treads, and let the unparalleled traction speak for itself.

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  • Treads Versus Nonslip Tape And Non-Slip Paint

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    Our local park district runs a platform tennis program. For those of you who don’t know the game it is similar to tennis but on a court one third the size of a tennis court and it is played outside during winter. Here’s a YouTube video. Because this game is played during winter the stairs around the courts and the paddle hut will get very slippery because of the snow.

    Non-Slip Tape Failure Two years ago I noticed the Park District putting down grip tape on the stairs. I thought this would be a good opportunity to set up a comparison between the treads and non-slip tape so I volunteered to put some treads down side by side with the nonslip tape as a comparison test. The grip tape was applied according to manufacturer’s instructions in nice warm weather on clean dry steps. The Handi-Treads were installed in the middle of a snow storm (See Installation Video On YouTube). The nonslip tape did not last very long as it started to peal up after the first few snows (as seen in the picture on the right).

    By the end of the first winter almost all of the nonslip tape had pealed up. So when year two began I thought the park district would ask me to install HandiTreads on all of the steps, but new management had arrived and they wanted to try nonslip paint. So this past year the HandiTreads were compared against nonslip paint. Within just a couple of months we discovered that the nonslip paint simply wore off the steps.

    Comarison of HandiTreads to Nonslip Tape and Non-Slip Paint

    Here is a photo display of the three products. While I still don’t know if the park district will ask us to install HandiTreads for next year I now have photographic proof of the durability of the HandiTreads.

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