Realistic wintry conditions for friction-testing footwear can now be created indoors at SATRA.

The Kettering-based research and technology centre has developed a machine incorporating tile, slate, and metal surfaces and has added an ice tray.

With the Northern hemisphere's worst weather approaching, the risks of slipping accidents and icy conditions are at their highest - and compensation claims after accidents are increasing.

"Slip injuries could be reduced through improvements in material selection and tread pattern design, so the tray is designed to produce a realistic method of simulating slip on slippery ice and cold surfaces," says SATRA slip expert Mike Wilson.

"It will help to evaluate the performance of conventional footwear solings and specialist devices."

From Peter Embling, Shoestyle