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Pedestrian Fall Safety Assessments

Improved Understanding on Slip Resistance Measurements and Investigations


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About this book


This book examines pedestrian shoe-floor slip resistance from an engineering standpoint in order to better understand friction and wear behavior. This analysis includes an extensive investigation into the surface properties of shoes and flow, and the measurement of dynamic friction and other mechanical and physical aspects of shoe-floor tribology. Lastly, the book proposes a measurement concept for the identification and classification of operational floor surfaces under a range of different conditions. 

Novel techniques and methods are proposed that can improve the reliability of slip resistance assessments. The current state of knowledge is critically examined and discussed from a tribological perspective, including aspects like friction, wear, lubrication and the mechanical behavior of shoes, floors and their wider environment. Further, the book reports on extensive experimental investigations into the topographical characteristics of shoe and floor surfaces and how they affect slip resistance.

Slips resulting in pedestrian falls are a major cause of injuries and deaths for all age groups. This important book provides essential insights for researchers, practicing engineers and public safety officials wishing to learn about how the risk of pedestrian slips can be assessed and understood.


slip and fall incidence slip resistance floor surfaces and floor finishes tribology Shoe surface resistance Pedestrian slippage

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering ManagementUniversity of SharjahSharjahUnited Arab Emirates

About the authors

Dr In-Ju Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Sydney, Australia. After earning a Ph.D. degree, he has worked for broad areas of Ergonomics, Human Factors, Industry and Occupational Safety and Health, Applied Biomechanics, and Sports Engineering and Technology through a number of research and industry projects from Australia, the UK, the USA, and Saudi Arabia over the last fifteen years.
He is an active researcher in the fields of industry and occupational safety, ergonomics/human factors engineering, biomechanics, injury prevention, sports engineering, and rehabilitation science and technology. He also has served as an editor and editorial board member of four journals in the disciplinary areas of Industrial Engineering, Safety Science and Technology, and Rehabilitation Science and Technology.div>

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