Trip Hazards- A Danger To All
Walkways and sidewalks are an integral part of pedestrian Traffic that can over time develop what the ADA refers to as Trip Hazards. The ADA- or the Americans with disabilities act- was established in 1990. This set of laws, regulations, and guidelines was put into place to protect people with disabilities who have a difficult time as it is transversing normal terrain. There are rules that establish the baseline parameters of sidewalks, walkways, and entry points. These include where ramps are needed, how hight hose ramps can be, how much additional passing space needs to be installed, and how often, where railings and banisters should go, and more. There are also rules on how to maintain these walkways when damages occur that bring them out of ADA Compliance. The most common types of issues that occur with sidewalks and walkways are Trip Hazards. Read on to learn more about how Florida Sidewalk solutions provide the most efficient, and cost-effective method of removing these hazards from your walkways.
Most trip hazards occur due to natural wear and tear on the concrete material that makes up most sidewalks and walkways. A trip hazard is defined by the ADA as any sudden height difference of 1/4 inches or more. Generally, this happens as weather, erosion, friction, accidents occur, and even small changes in the land beneath the concrete panels that compose the sidewalk shift and change. Traditionally the way this is handled is by removal of the damaged sidewalk panel, and a complete replacement with a newer undamaged panel. However, this method is costly and time-consuming. Florida Sidewalk Solutions offers a new, high tech method that is far more cost-effective.
Rather than totally removing the panel, Florida Sidewalk Solutions can actually repair it to bring it back in line with the ADA standard. To do this, we perform a 3 phase process in which phase 1 involves measuring the current damages to assess what needs to be done. The next phase is the cutting and smoothing of the concrete. This will ensure a zero height differential between the affected panels. Lastly is clean up and removal of debris for the purpose of recycling. After the process is complete, you can rest assured you will be within compliance, and not pose a risk to disabled pedestrians.
Contact Florida Sidewalk Solutions today if you have a trip hazard on your property that needs removal.
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