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COVERS ON FLOOR OPENINGS
Safely covering a floor opening with a piece
of plywood requires more than just laying the material over the hole, or even
nailing it down. Total safety on the job means a total job of eliminating the
hazard. Half a job...inadequate or incomplete jobs of covering hole hazards can
result only in half, inadequate or incomplete accident prevention.
Several past jobsite accidents illustrate the
point. A carpenter on a floor above calls down to a laborer to hand him a sheet
of plywood. The laborer walks over to a sheet lying on the floor, picks it up,
takes a step or two forward in the act of standing the plywood up, and goes
sailing right down through the hole in the floor, sustaining serious and
disabling injuries. Why did it happen?
Although originally nailed down with concrete
nails, a small piece of plywood over the hole wasn't large enough to overlap it
adequately. Traffic over it, springing the plywood, loosened the nails.
The plywood over the hole wasn't marked in any
way. There was no warning of any kind on it. The person mistook it for a piece
of loose material laying on the floor.
The person wasn't told about it. The laborer
was not made aware of the fact that the covering of floor openings was a job
procedure calculated to prevent accidents. Nor was the laborer told that such
danger spots must be maintained and reported.
Anything less than total safety is no safety
at all. The total safety attitude must be kept in mind when floor openings are
When covering floor openings:
1. The hole should be covered securely, with a
cover big enough and rigid enough to prevent failure.
2. It should be painted, labeled or marked
with a danger or warning "DO NOT REMOVE".
3. Every employee on the job should be warned about it.
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