HandiTreads Blog

Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Safety

Handi-Treads Offer Safety and Security on College Campuses

Posted by Matt
Matt
Administrator has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, 30 April 2014
in HandiTreads Uses and Applications · 0 Comments
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.

Hits: 2462
0 votes

Slip and Fall Lawsuits Targeting Businesses on the Rise

Posted by Matt
Matt
Administrator has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, 28 August 2013
in Slip and Fall: Legal · 0 Comments

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.

For any questions or concerns, please contact our tread specialists at (800) 876-7267 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Hits: 2701
0 votes

HandiTreads Used Indoors to Help with Balance on Stairs

Posted by Matt
Matt
Administrator has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, 22 August 2013
in HandiTreads Uses and Applications · 0 Comments

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 When customers purchase Handi-Treads, their initial intentions are to mount them outdoors where weather and other natural occurances take place, deteriorating stairs or structural area. However, that changed when oOne of our customers liked the tread protection so well they purchased our new 9" nosing line and mounted them indoors.

Regaining Balance with HandiTreads

Often as we get older in life our balance fades. In this case, our customer was battling balance issues due to plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot. Walking down stairs can be particularly painful and dangerous, and installing carpet would have been too expensive.  Also, available for purchase is non slip grit tape and grip paint, but both options need to be replaced frequently.

Thank You for the HandiTreads Referrals

Many of our customers such as the one in this article are writing to us to thank you for the wonderfully engineered non slip product. Other prospective customers have seen HandiTreads and called us because they were so impressed with the design and performance. Many thanks to all of you who have been loyal repeat and new customers over the years. Your support is appreciated.

 

Hits: 2849
0 votes

Non Slip Treads – Great for the Cold and Icy Canadian Climate

Posted by Matt
Matt
Administrator has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, 29 March 2013
in HandiTreads Uses and Applications · 0 Comments

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

It’s Still Icy Cold in Canada in Spring – Perfect for Non Slip Treads

We are celebrating the 54 degree weather a few days before Easter. Meanwhile in some regions of Canada it is still 9 F. They say that winder lasts until May in Toronto, which is perfect for our product HandiTreads. HandiTreads help beat the ice and cold on stairs by increasing traction.

HandiTreads Provide Traction with a Unique Proprietary Button Surface

Handitreads’ one-of-a-kind raised button surface provides traction on even the most slippery surfaces including stairs, inclines and ramps. Because of the deep grooves provided by these treads they are superior to other non slip tread products due to the longevity and little maintenance needed. They are easy to install and come with a lifetime residential guarantee.

Can I get HandiTreads in Canada?

For the last few months, both Handi-Ramp and Amazon have been in talks to partner and sell our plain aluminum non slip tread (item no. NST-100) from an Amazon fulfillment center in Canada. The Canadian fulfillment center will reach customers not available now and grow awareness about slips and falls and how our non slip tread product can benefit them.

Keep checking back to see the latest update regarding our partnership with Amazon, or call our customer service department at (800)-876-7267.

 

Hits: 2907
0 votes

Handi-Treads Keep Nature Preserve Guests Safe

Posted by Matt
Matt
Administrator has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, 12 March 2013
in Slip and Fall Statistics · 0 Comments

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.

Hits: 3096
0 votes

Environmentally Friendly Alternatives to Salting Your Slippery Stairs in the Winter

Posted by Matt
Matt
Administrator has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, 19 February 2013
in HandiTreads Uses and Applications · 0 Comments

When winter arrives, you feel it: a freezing cold, snowy, slushy season. One of the first things many people do is grab that $20 bag of salt at the nearest grocery store.  In any given winter, we go through several bags of the clear pellets in hopes of reducing slips and falls by family members, relatives and friends.  We think nothing of spending $20 once or many times a week on deicers for stairs, walkways and driveways to keep from falling.  Just because we eat salt, does not mean that it is a good thing, in mass quantities, for the environment.

Many times I’m asked the question, “Is salt environmentally friendly?”

The answer is no.  Many salt compounds used for de-icing – vehicles to airplanes – contain large amounts of chemicals that damage plants.  Deicing chemicals build up and prevent nutrients from getting into soil and waterways as they are contaminated by heavy metals.  Excess salt can even give grass the burnt look near the edge of the sidewalk once the snow has melted in summer and spring.

Other kinds of salt include those strewn onto streets by snow removal vehicles.  The salt inside their tanks includes such chemicals like sodium chloride, calcium chloride and potassium chloride. Calcium chloride is notorious for promoting algae in our water ways. It is an undesired side effect, one that most people are unaware of.  These types of salts are also corrosive and are a harmful skin irritant. Furthermore, the colder the temperature is below 32 degrees, the less effective salt is on a roadway.

What do I do instead?  What’s the alternative to salt?

By eliminating salt all together, you will not only help save the environment but save yourself countless money.  The permanent alternative solution to salt is a product patented for slippery conditions cathumb_tread-snow-on-stairslled Handi-Treads®.  These non slip stair treads are specifically designed to be mounted to any wood or concrete surface that requires additional traction to avoid slips and falls.

Salt melts ice but the process is a slow, temporary and costly solution.  Handi-Treads® stair treads provide years of durability and are sold with a lifetime residential warranty, giving you years of avoiding the trip to the store to get the $20 bag of chemical deicers and potentially a trip to the hospital from slipping on ice!

For more information on HandiTreads contact us at Handi-Ramp in the Chicago suburbs at (800) 876-RAMP or (847) 680-7700.

Hits: 5749
0 votes

HandiTreads™ Provide Great Traction in Any Environment, Even Underwater

Posted by Administrator
Administrator
Thom is the CEO of Handi-Ramp and the inventor of HandiTreads.
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, 03 July 2012
in HandiTreads Uses and Applications · 0 Comments

Although slips and falls are more common in the winter because of snow and ice, they are still extremely common no matter what time of year. With this year’s June being so hot, more people have been going to pools, beaches, lakes, etc. to cool off. As we all know by seeing the yellow slippery floor sign on store floors, water can make almost any surface dangerous to walk on. Most people would think Handi- Treads are only necessary in slippery environments caused by some form of snow and ice; however HandiTreads are designed to create unparallel traction in any environment.

Our aluminum treads are designed to work with these elements, which is why Handi-Treads are great to use in an unsafe or slippery environment caused by water. Handi-Treads are not just extremely durable; they will not rust even if they are subject to underwater conditions. Piers, walkways, and stairs can be made safe in minutes with our easy-to-install treads. Handi-Treads can be installed on
any surface including (but not limited to) wood, concrete, masonry, metal, etc. Knowing that situations and environments are different for everyone, we offer treads in a variety of sizes and colors to fit your personal needs.

Unlike grip tape and non slip paint, water and the environment will not reduce the quality of traction over time which makes Handi-Treads a long-term solution that requires basically no maintenance. With the average slip and fall injury producing medical bills in the thousands, taking action to prevent a slip and fall injury before it happens is crucial. The durability and no rust features of our treads make it a perfect solution to preventing slips and falls caused by water and any other element.

 

 

 

Tags: Safety, traction
Hits: 9682
0 votes

Treads Versus Nonslip Tape And Non-Slip Paint

Posted by Administrator
Administrator
Thom is the CEO of Handi-Ramp and the inventor of HandiTreads.
User is currently offline
on Thursday, 05 April 2012
in HandiTreads Comparison · 0 Comments

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.

Hits: 7861
0 votes

Handi-Treads Help Our Dog "Bunnie" Use The Stairs

Posted by Ohio Mike
Ohio Mike
Ohio Mike has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, 29 February 2012
in HandiTreads Uses and Applications · 0 Comments

In January of 2008 our family adopted a rescued dog from the City of Euclid dog pound. Bunnie is a Cane Corso (AKA Italian Mastiff) who had been chained under a porch with no proper food and water. The owners wanted a "fighting" dog and when they discovered Bunnie was no fighting dog they just threw her under the porch and left her alone to the elements. Thankfully she was rescued by our Animal Control Officer.

Bunnie has hip dysplasia in both hind legs. Also she has OCD (Osteochondritis Disease) in both knees of her hind legs. Some of these problems may be genetic or may be caused by lack of proper nutrition during her puppy years.

When Bunnie arrived she was very weak in her rear legs and kind of fell sideways when walking. Well the majority of the floors in our house are bare wood. Also the staircase to our second floor is bare wood. We immediately discovered that the bare wood floors were very difficult for Bunnie to walk on. With her already bad hind legs combined with slippery bare wood she was falling and sliding all over. The staircase was the absolute worse. She scared the heck out of us sliding and slipping on the staircase.

Well I had to find a solution for the steps. I looked at carpeting. I looked at various “stick on” antislip products. Then I came across your Handi-Ramp web site and discovered non skid treads. I called and discussed your product with a very helpful and informative person who stated that these treads may be a good solution.

I really liked the idea of your non skid treads. They seemed like a good solution so I ordered two treads to test on two outside steps on our back porch. The product worked well for dogs and us humans so I ordered 13 non skid treads for our second floor staircase.

Our dog on nonslip stair treadsThe treads arrived promptly and I mounted with stainless steel screws to all steps going up to our second floor. At first Bunnie was a little hesitant to step on the treads but she overcame her fear! She quickly discovered that stepping on the treads stopped the slipping and sliding allowing her to "bound" like a dog up and down the staircase

Your Handi-Ramp non skid treads saved the day for our family and our new dog!

Bunnie can safely navigate the staircase and not cause us to panic or worry that she is going to fall. The new treads are also helping us humans – my wife and I also find the wood stairs slippery at times. Well the new treads have stopped us from slipping!

I just want to let you all know that the Handi-Ramp non skid treads really saved the day for our new dog Bunnie and us humans to! I would recommend this solution to anyone with a similar situation.

It’s been almost a year now Bunnie is much healthier and stronger now and does not fall while walking.

Hits: 10020
0 votes