Slip Resistant Shoe Program

because slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of injuries in the healthcare industry

Slip-Resistant Shoe Program

Unfortunately, many healthcare facilities have slippery tile or vinyl composite flooring that can contribute to slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall incidents involving healthcare employees frequently result in disabling injuries that affect their ability to do their jobs and care for patients.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 the incidence rate of lost-workday injuries from slips, trips, and falls on the same level in hospitals was 38.2 per 10,000 employees. That is 90% greater than the average rate for all other private industries combined. 

Slips, trips and falls are the second most common cause of lost-workday injuries in hospitals. They can result in serious injuries, lost workdays, reduced productivity and workers’ compensation claims. In addition, patient falls often result in permanent disability and even death.

Contaminants on the floor are the leading cause of slip, trip and fall incidents in healthcare facilities. Water, other fluids and soap build up can make floors slippery, however, cleaning floors correctly will help minimize the risk of slipping.

To help our policyholders in the healthcare industry, Midwestern Insurance Alliance has partnered with SR Max to provide access to a corporate slip-resistant shoe program that offers the following benefits.

 Discounted Pricing

 Free Shipping and Exchanges

6-Month Warranty on All Shoes

 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee

 Slip-resistant styles from Timberland, Reebok, Sketchers, New Balance and many more

 $5,000 Slip and Fall Guarantee

 No contract or commitment

 Flexible payment structure (payroll deduction, employer-pay/subsidized, employee-pay)

 Footwear subsidy tracking (for companies that elect to provide an annual footwear subsidy)

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Policy vs. Program

Many nursing homes, and hospitals have a footwear “policy” that prohibits open-toe and open-heel footwear and that recommends footwear that has a “slip-resistant” tread. However, employees are left to determine what footwear is appropriate – which isn’t always as easy as it seems, as many shoes that are marketed as “slip-resistant” are not effective enough for the varied environments and conditions that they will encounter throughout their workday.

For a more effective approach, the slip-resistant footwear “program” made available to Midwestern’s policyholders offers your company the ability to ensure that the footwear worn by your employees meets a high standard of slip-resistance. That’s because all of the footwear offered through our slip-resistant footwear program has a coefficient of friction (COF) of 0.4 or higher.

Access to this program is limited to companies that maintain workers’ compensation through Midwestern Insurance Alliance. To request access to the program’s website, please complete and submit the online form. 

If your company is not insured with Midwestern Insurance Alliance, contact your workers’ compensation provider and ask if they have a slip-resistant footwear program.

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