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Do you remember
the last time you saw a dangerous condition at a runway, stairway or around a
floor, roof or wall opening, because of no guardrails?
Unfortunately, many of you can recall working on projects where
guardrails were either installed late or not at all.
But worse yet, some of you are on one of these projects right now!
The conditions on
construction projects change quickly. Areas that didn't require guardrails yesterday, may need them
today. Avoid building boobytraps.
Make guardrail installation a part of doing the job, not a follow-up task
when time permits.
construction industry, falls are our worst enemy. They kill approximately 1000 and inflict disabling injuries
on 100,000 of your co-workers annually!
Guardrails are not
a luxury, they're an OSHA requirement. Remember
that any guardrail worth building, is worth building right.
Floor to top of rail must be 42" with posts not exceeding 8'
centers. A 4" high toe board,
strong enough to stop tools, materials, etc. from rolling or being knocked over
the edge, is a must. All guardrails must be built strong enough to withstand a 200
pound force in any direction.
requirements for wooden rails are 2" x 4" stock for posts and top
rail, with a 1" x 6" midrail. The
material should be selected to avoid defects and splinters.
If you prefer steel use 1 1/2" pipe, or 2" x 2" x
3/8" angle for posts and midrail. Other
materials of equal or greater strength may be substituted, however, due to its
unpredictable strength and brittleness, re-bar is NOT an acceptable material for
use as guardrails.
Guardrails can be
taken for granted. When you find
yourself reaching out for something to grab hold of as you fall, then it's too
late to think about guardrails. Check
for guardrails in areas that they might be needed now.
On equipment, stairs, anywhere required.
And make sure that they are in good condition.
Safety devices alone do not prevent accidents. You have to use common sense and THINK SAFETY.
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