Terrazo (sp?) marble looks quite beautiful, but it is also extremely slippery when wet–and the wet can be caused by a mere drop (and I do mean drop!) of liquid! The lobby and floors at my job are this terrazo marble, and frankly I am dreading returning to work after all the snow because I know I’ll have to tread very carefully, especially in the lobby. We’ve had numerous co-workers slip and fall, and it seems like the extent of the job’s response to that is to insert a disclaimer (of sorts) into the banner on the computer network! “Please be careful when the floor is wet, you could slip and fall” Wearing rubber soled shoes does not help, unfortunately–those floors are slippery no matter what when they get wet! At least they do have a few carpet runner-type rugs in the lobby area–but those things curl up at the edges and I’ve nearly tripped on them several times!
As if the floor problem wasn’t bad enough, all of the toilets in the restrooms save the handicap-accessible ones are “low to the floor” ones! Not quite as low as a bidet, but almost. I’m serious–there have been times when I’ve had to go into one of those stalls, sat on the toilet and then wondered whether I was going to be able to get up or not. Can you imagine having to call for someone to help you get up off of the toilet?! :mad: Fortunately, that has not happened, but when you have arthritic knees, it’s definitely a possibility.
Note to those in facilities management, especially those responsible for making choices/decisions as to floor coverings and toilets: please don’t install terrazzo marble, and please stay away from those low boy toilets!