Falls cause far more deaths in the construction industry (about one-third) than any other type of accident. If a construction worker is carrying an object obstructing his or her view, not spotting a floor opening can lead to serious injury. Protection from floor openings is therefore crucial to ensuring the continued safety of construction workers on-site.
Before your workers begin construction above ground level, equip them with the right safety tools and tips they’ll need to stay on their feet.
- Secure or guard floor holes as soon as they’re created.
- Guardrails, covers or barricades should not be moved except in extreme circumstances. A competent person should review the situation to determine if additional safeguards are necessary when guardrails, covers or barricades need to be removed.
- Covers must be able to support twice the anticipated weight and must be secured to prevent movement.
- Hand rails, covers, and barricades must be constructed using sturdy materials such as wire rope, lumber or metal piping.
- All gaps in walk ways should be covered and a toe board installed to prevent materials and tools dropping onto workers below. These covers can also prevent workers from tripping.
- Always employ a guardrail system, safety net or personal fall arrest system starting at 6 feet when workers are exposed to falls.
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