Slips, trips and falls have been estimated to cost Australia an astonishing $3 Billion a year, but the financial cost is dwarfed by the cost in human injuries and even death.
In fact one in five emergency room visits are due to slips and falls, which also account for more than a quarter of all insurance payouts. Wet areas like pools are a particular hazard.
It’s little wonder then, that governments around the country are focused on preventing them wherever possible, and providing standards for slip resistance is a major part of that.
PermaTimber® Decking, by Perma Composites®, is a leader in non-slip decking for commercial and waterside applications, with an unbeatable non-slip rating of P5.
Hang on a minute – what’s this P5 business, you’re asking?
Well let me explain in case you’ve missed it: Non-slip ratings have changed.
Gone are the old V, W, X, Y and Z classifications in favour of the new AS/NZS 4586-2013 classifications of P0, P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5, with P5 being the highest rating, providing the best possible protection against slipping.
So while PermaTimber® Decking was an R10 under the old AS/NZS 4586-2004 Ramp test, and a W under the Pendulum test, it’s a P5 under the AS/NZS 4586-2013.
All you need to know, however, is that PermaTimber® offers a unique grooved design that makes it the perfect choice around commercial and residential pools, walkways and slopes, where the maximum possible slip resistance is vital.
PermaTimber® is ideal for these applications not just because it’s the safest choice, but because it’s the sensible one as well. It won’t rot, warp or twist and is completely resistant to insect attack.
The low-maintenance PermaTimber® range is made from 87% recycled plastics and hardwoods and looks and feels just like a natural timber product. Available, in an array of colours, profiles and textures, it’s easy to find the perfect product for every application and setting.
PermaTimber® also delivers the backing of a 10-year warranty for residential applications and seven years for commercial.
That gives you the peace-of-mind that it will be gracing your high traffic commercial projects, or the poolside decking of your clients’ homes, and keeping them safe for years to come.