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GUARDRAILS

Guardrails protect us from falls if they are properly constructed and maintained. Most guardrails are built of strong materials and are usually solid when first up.  As time goes by, however, guardrails often are abused, weakened, broken, or moved and not replaced.

MISSING OR WEAKENED GUARDRAILS

Sometimes sections of guardrails must be taken down so that materials or equipment can be brought in. These sections often aren't replaced or if they are, they're hastily thrown back up. Weakened guardrails are sometimes more dangerous than no guardrails at all, because they give a false sense of security.

FOLLOW THESE RULES

We can avoid guardrail accidents if we follow a few simple rules:

1. As you go about your job, get into the habit of checking guardrails. If you discover a weakened or a missing rail or section, correct the situation if you can. Otherwise, report it so that the hazard can be eliminated.

2. If you bump a rail with material or equipment, check it at once if you suspect you may have weakened it. If you discover you've broken a rail, upright, or toe board, repair it if you can. Otherwise, report it so that it can be repaired.

3. When repairing or replacing guardrails, remember you're exposed to the very danger that you are pro­viding protection against. Perhaps you should be using a safety harness and lanyard.

KEEP YOUR GUARD (RAILS) UP

Different types of construction may require different type of guardrails. But the points we've covered today apply to all. If you have suggestions, make them known so that we can continue to keep our guardrails up and our accidents down.

 

 

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