During the wet weather some retails outlets including the big supermarkets attempt to keep their shops clean by placing used flattened cartons at the shop entrance as door mats. This keeps the dirt, water and other form of pollutant from spreading to other parts of the business. Shoppers, when entering, are required to use these carton doormats to clean the soles of their footwear. The heavy usage of the door mats allows the water and the moisture to penetrate the cartons and temporarily provides friction and secures the carton to the floor tile. I believe the problem arises when the cartons tend to lose the moisture contents and dries off quickly. When this occurs the grip disappears and the carton becomes very slippery and this can lead to a person falling. Apart from the carton doormat the other hazards like the door steps during the fall can be dangerous also. The business owners must refrain from this practise and must use proper anti-slip door mats to ensure that anyone who enters their premises are safe and without risk. A good quality doormat can trap and hold dirt and allergens, preventing their spread to the rest of the building. Additionally a proper floor mat is slip resistant and can prevent employees and the customers from slipping on lubricants or water thus preventing a fall. Should such slips and falls take place may result in liable damages.
Satish Nakched, Suva
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