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Is a bus floor that safe?

As an organisation dedicated to achieving a zero-harm culture, we are dedicated not only to helping our customers reach their business targets, but also to making safety a number one priority. In order to achieve better fuel economy, a lighter weight bus floor is the obvious choice - but are all the aspects you need in a safe transport floor upheld over time and heavy-duty usage?

Combining the engineering skills and innovative thinking of our technical team with the in-depth knowledge of the industry from our sales representatives, we have achieved a lighter-weight portfolio without affecting the level of safety our floors offer, nor any of their physical properties. While lightweight components are important to the specification of your vehicles, this should not come at the cost of the safety of your passengers.

Why safety?

We believe that safety should be your utmost concern when putting together your bus or coach. With the combined risks of wet weather, standing passengers, and a moving vehicle, the chances of a slip on any bus can be significant.

The latest incident statistics from Bus Safety Victoria, a branch of Transport Safety Victoria, show that slips, trips and falls on board have more than doubled to become as frequent as one every couple of days (from 12 to 29).

In an investigation from the HSE**, flooring involved in a slip, trip or fall incident will be subject to a pendulum test, one of the only tests that can be performed on flooring in situ, to ascertain if the flooring in question has a good enough slip resistance rating to mitigate risk. While there are other tests that can be used, the pendulum test is seen by the HSE as the most reliable, and in 2019, TfL is looking to introduce very clear new safety standards regarding the slip resistance of bus floors based on pendulum test values.

All Altro transport floors offer a sustained PTV of ≥36 – a valuable quality which you can find published on all of our technical data. In order to protect your passengers as much as possible, ensure that all floor coverings have at least a PTV of 36 or higher from new, and that this is sustained above this level for the life of the product. Only then can you be sure that you are mitigating slip risks to one in a million.

By choosing an Altro floor for your vehicle, you are making a demonstrable commitment to the safety of your passengers, journey after journey, step after step.
**The Health and Safety Executive is a UK government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain


Posted: 17/12/2018 11:48:51 PM by Catherine Andreopoulos | with 0 comments

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