Slip, Trip, and Falls
COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION
The essence of climbing system design as well as slip-fall considerations includes at least two main concepts: three point contact while maneuvering or changing elevations; and slip resistance as measured by traditional coefficient of friction (COF).
The measurement of COF is the usual starting point. The following figure from a draft of a book by Dr. Miller illustrates both the concept and methodology of COF.
Retail Automatic Doors
Automatic doors in retail and hospital type buildings operate countless times successfully everyday, however without proper maintenance or selection for the population using them can result in serious injuries.
Garage doors in residential and commercial environments require regular inspections and maintenance to provide safe operation.
Snow and Ice Removal
Premise Liability Projects
Outdoor Slip and Fall – convenience store parking lot
- Miller Engineering was retained to evaluate sidewalk safety and company procedures at a convenience store after an adult was injured in an outdoor slip and fall.
- Accident Reconstruction Diagram – Side View
- Accident Reconstruction Diagram – Overhead View
- Summary of Standards for Building Exteriors
Indoor Slip and Fall – carpeted recreation center
- Miller Engineering was retained to analyze the coefficient of friction involved in a slip and fall on a carpeted gym floor that resulted in severe brain injury.
- Coefficient of Friction Calculations
Outdoor Slip and Fall – parking lot at night
- Plaintiff was injured by a fall in a parking lot. Miller Engineering assessed the conditions including lighting, surface, etc., to assist in determination of fault.