Vynagrip protects workers from oily floors

Engineering plant Howco Whitham was in need of a permanent flooring solution to keep floors safe while providing employees with a comfortable footing.

The problem

Howco Whitham is a heavy engineering plant in South Yorkshire, England, and one of the area’s leading steel stockholders.The company needed to find a permanent flooring solution due to the cutting fluids used in their engineering processes, which resulted in a large volume of oil, grease and grime ending up on the floor. This created a slip hazard near workbenches and machinery, and employees also voiced concerns about standing for prolonged periods of time on the hard surface. That meant they needed a factory floor mat that would not only help prevent accidents, but provide workers with a comfortable surface to walk on.

The checklist

  • Sits flush against machinery and production lines
  • Provides anti-fatigue properties and comfort underfoot
  • Quickly drains and dissipates spilled liquids
  • Resistant to oils and chemicals
  • Can be easily rolled up for daily cleaning

The solution

We worked closely with distributor Rubber Safety Hygiene Ltd to land on the best solution for Howco Whitham’s oily floors and heavy-duty environment. After trialling a number of options, Vynagrip was installed against and around the machinery, as well as along the full length of the steel processing lines.

Vynagrip is impervious to oils, acids and chemicals due to its non-porous PVC construction, which makes it ideal for factory environments with high volumes of production waste. Its open-grid construction allows for maximum drainage, while the diamond cut pattern delivers superior grip and slip resistance. Vynagrip's two-layer construction offers comfortable cushioning and proven anti-fatigue properties that are proven to help boost productivity.

At a glance


Howco Whitham


Permanent slip-resistant floor mats for a heavy-duty engineering plant


South Yorkshire, UK



Product spotlight


Our top defence against slippery environments, Vynagrip is a heavy-duty mat designed to withstand all kinds of workplace liquids, perfect for use as a factory floor mat.

Flexible formats

Choose from modules with ramped PVC edging or rolls in standard widths and 10m lengths

Simple installation

Easy to cut on site; contours to uneven surfaces

Easy to maintain

No special cleaning tools needed; easy to clean with a high pressure hose

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“Because of our heavy engineering processes, there's constant use of cutting oil. Inevitably, this used to create a problem with slippery surfaces, particularly near the workbenches and around the machinery. Vynagrip has proved to be the ideal solution, making the environment much safer to work in. The management and our employees are delighted.”
Andrew Marwood, engineering and manufacturing director, Howco Group

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