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Manuscript Submission Deadline 16 March 2022
Manuscript Extension Submission Deadline 15 April 2022

Slips, trips and falls are amongst the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the general community and industry. To reduce such incidents involves a complex array of factors including the characteristics of each individual's footwear, gait dynamics, walking and working surfaces, environmental ...

Slips, trips and falls are amongst the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the general community and industry. To reduce such incidents involves a complex array of factors including the characteristics of each individual's footwear, gait dynamics, walking and working surfaces, environmental conditions, etc. Notwithstanding this complexity, slip resistance properties have been widely measured as a form of coefficient of friction (COF) index at the sliding interface amongst the shoes, floors, and environments. Since COF measurements were commonly adopted to evaluate slip potentials, there have been continuous debates in the assessments and interpretations of COFs. This Research Topic is principally focused on broadening the knowledge base and developing new concepts and ideas on which improvements in the validity and reliability of slip resistance measurements might be made.

This Research Topic is principally focused on broadening the knowledge base and developing new concepts and ideas on which improvements in the validity and reliability of slip resistance measurements might be made. To achieve this goal, this Research Topic will cover extensive themes on industry/public falls safety developments such as:

1) Engineering/tribology approach to measuring slip resistance properties;

2) Slip resistance (anti-slip) properties of floor/walkway surfaces;

3) Controls of contamination, cleaning, and maintenance;

4) The function of footwear and slip resistance shoes;

5) FEM and 2D/3D computational modelling for the interfaces amongst shoes, floors, and environments;

6) Stair falls and prevention;

7) Preventing slip, trips, and falls.

This Research Topic also welcomes papers on all other areas of falls prevention and related topics, including gait dynamics and slip resistance, biomechanics and friction controls, falls from heights, stair falls, etc.

Topic Editor Dr. Sophia Yue Li received a grant from Faurecia, and Topic Editor Prof. Thurmon Lockhart received a grant from Google Inc. The other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.

Keywords: fall-related injuries, fall-related fatalities, industry, slip resistance measurements, slip and fall incidents


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