Abstract—Slips and falls are common incidences both at work
and during leisure activities. Lack of friction on the floor surface
has been blamed as the source of slips and falls. Friction of floor
is one of the dominate factors affecting the risk of slips and falls.
In general, a person is more likely to slip when walking on a
floor contaminated with water or soapy solution than the dry
surface. In this research, we conducted friction measurements
on twelve floor tiles. The three surface conditions of the floors
were dry, wet and soapy liquid contaminated conditions. The
horizontal pull slip meter (HPS) was used. The measured
coefficient of friction (COF) results showed that the HPS
reported the COF readings on the same floor differently. It was
found that floor tiles and surface condition were both
significant on the measured COF. The HPS model defined in this
study provides a mathematical description of the measured COF
under the studied floor and surface.
Index Terms—Slip and fall, risk of fall, friction, horizontal slip meter.
Samsiya Khaday and Kai Way Li are with the Department of Industrial Management, Chung Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Samsiya Khaday and Kai Way Li, "Friction Measurement on Common Floor Using a Horizontal Pull Slip Meter," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 10, no. 9, pp. 275-279, 2019.Copyright © 2019 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).