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Why Use Anti-Fatigue Mats?

Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by

anti-fatigue matsI was talking to a teenager the other day that happens to work at a local amusement park, and he told me his legs were tired from standing all day.  I asked him if there weren’t anti-fatigue mats where he stood all day, and he replied, “Anti-what?” I proceeded to explain to him briefly the benefits of using anti-fatigue and other non-slip mats, all of which are expressly made to cut down on the effects of gravity to the lower back and legs, especially the ankles and knees.

I told this young man to go to his general manager and ask why they don’t provide anti-fatigue mats for every station, for every employee required to be in one spot for hours on end.  I told him he could “sell” the idea by saying the park could probably reduce its insurance premiums by reducing the potential hazards in the event of falls, as well as improve employee morale and performance by keeping everyone feeling better.  I think sometimes, we adults tend to think such benefits would only apply to us, but…kids are affected by gravity, too!


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