Some colored rubber blocks that are used like patio blocks on playgrounds in the Netherlands look as though they would reduce injuries from falling. They seem to be used mainly in areas where playground equipment has been installed, while regular patio blocks are used on the rest of the playground. Are these blocks available in the United States? Perhaps they could be used to advantage in places such as the corridors of homes for older people or in warehouse rooms where breakage by dropping is a problem.
There is a tile in use in the Netherlands that was developed specifically to reduce the many playground injuries caused by falls from climbing frames or other playground equipment. It is a piece of rubber-covered concrete about 2 3/4 inches thick and about 11 3/4 inches square. The concrete is slightly less than 1 3/4 inches thick and the remaining thickness is made up of a rubber layer containing 16 cells to provide resilience. Each rubber layer has eight anchors by which it is attached to the concrete. The tiles are also made with bevelled edges to facilitate installation and can be obtained in six colors: red, green, blue, gray, black or white. In addition, the rubber portion may be purchased separately for covering existing floors. Uses for the tiles would include swimming pools, patios, kitchens, shops and other places where protection is needed, as you suggest, against breakage or personal injury. The tiles are made by N. V. Hollandsche Basaltine Tegelfabriek, Merwedestraat 40, Dordrecht, the Netherlands but readers in the United States can get information closer at hand by writing to the Netherlands Consulate General, Commercial Division, One Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N. Y. 10020.