Blair Pruitt, Inc.
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Floor Slip Resistance Testing and Coefficient of Friction Measurement
Building Safety Expert
When providing litigation support to my clients on matters of personal injury, I
call upon my extensive experience in building inspections, my technical knowledge,
and my observational and communication skills to render objective and accurate evaluations.
My areas of expertise focus on premises liability, slip, trip, and fall matters,
floor slip-resistance testing, accessibility on paths of egress, and code compliance.
I use the knowledge gained when earning code-certified inspector and plans examiner
credentials in multiple categories with the International Code Council (ICC), to
evaluate the design and construction of stairs, handrails, walkways, ramps, decks,
and paths of egress from a building. My research on an assignment can utilize my
extensive library of building codes; both current and legacy editions. Peer reviewed
scientific studies, consensus standards, and historical publications are referenced
to ensure that my opinions, reports, and advice advance from industry recognized
and defensible positions.
As a professional property inspector since 2002, I have observed and reported on
the condition of thousands of commercial, institutional and residential buildings.
I draw on that large bank of experience to establish a frame of reference I can
bring to my clients’ cases as a consulting and testifying expert.
Stairs, Walkways, Ramps, Decks
Accessibility on the paths of egress
Building Code Compliance
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Floor slip resistance testing-tribometry
Coefficient of friction measurements
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
• Provides litigation support as a consulting and testifying expert. Areas of specialty
include assessment of the design, construction, and condition of stairs, walkways,
ramps, decks, lighting, and other building components. Retaining counsel for both
defendants and plaintiffs have requested consultation in cases involving slips and
falls, and premises liability issues.
• Provided property condition assessments of commercial buildings for investors,
owners, and lessees.
• Provided building surveys for construction companies prior to, and after major
construction and infrastructure projects. Responsibilities included evaluating and
documenting structural conditions of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings,
and municipal infrastructure that could be influenced by nearby construction projects.
• Provides floor slip resistance testing and measurement of coefficient of friction.
Attorneys representing plaintiffs and those representing defendants have retained
my services. In the course of providing consulting services I have performed site
inspections, provided consultations, written reports, analyzed opposing expert witness
reports, and testified. The cases I have worked on involved personal injury or death.
My credentials as an expert have never been subjected to legal challenge.
Please feel free to contact me for more information and a copy of my CV.
Blair Pruitt, CFLC, WACH
Floor Slip Resistance Testing
On-site slip resistance testing is performed on walkways, floors, stairs, ramps,
and sidewalks. Testing will produce both dynamic and static coefficient of friction
measurements. Walking surface materials can include ceramic tiles, concrete, wood,
vinyl, terrazzo, and laminates. Measurements can be conducted on sample mock-ups
before construction and again after installation to ensure increased safety for all
users of the walkways.
The floor slip resistance tests are done with a Tracscan tribometer. The instrument
incorporates the latest technology and is approved by the National Floor Safety Institute.
Its superior performance in multiple laboratory studies ensures that it produces
accurate, reliable, and repeatable results.
Testing is performed to the ANSI/NFSI B101.1 and B101.3 standards. I trained at
the National Floor Safety Institute to earn the ANSI accredited designation of Walkway
Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH). Testing will include measurement results and
an interpretation of the results as it relates to pedestrian safety. As a Certified
Forensic Litigation Consultant I am experienced in explaining and defending slip
resistance tests in legal matters.