Stairs

These stairs need a temporary rail on the open side that prevents workers from falling off and a hand rail on the other side to assist workers traveling between levels.
These stairs need a temporary rail on the open side that prevents workers from falling off and a hand rail on the other side to assist workers traveling between levels.
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Do you know if the stairs in your workplace are safe?
Workers in all industries may have stairs in their workplace that:

  • Have missing or unsafe rails
  • Donít have adequate lighting
  • Have steps that are unevenly spaced or aren't level
  • Are cluttered with objects or debris
  • May need slip-resistant tread

In addition, unsafe use of stairs can lead to falls:

  • Carrying objects that block view
  • Using a cell phone or other electronic devices
  • Hurrying, rushing, or horseplay.

Falls onto, down, or off the open-sides of a stairway can cause serious injuries and even death.

As part of a required written accident prevention program employers should identify and address hazards with stairs.

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