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Slips and falls: some arguments about measuring coefficients of friction

Productivity Ergonomics and Safety - The Total Package Conference

Author: Adams, N.
Year: 1997
Type: Conference Paper


This paper discusses the merits of the weighted slider technique as compared to the standard recommended Australian pendulum for determining the dynamic coefficient of friction on wet pedestrian surfaces. The author has completed a considerable number of friction measurements using both techniques on a wide variety of pedestrian surfaces. Already there are very good correlations emerging between the results obtained with the pendulum (4S rubber) and certain of the weighted slider materials. There are also some differences which are quite significant when related to the safety of pendulum movement, over an area that is likely to be made wet or contaminated with some type of lubricant.

Further Details

Publish Location Conrad Jupiters, Gold Coast
Publisher Queensland Govt.
Accession Number 8.7.03
Research Notes Electronic copy added 20/08/2013
Keywords Australiasafety improvementregulation compliance

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