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Floors and Other Walking Surfaces

Photo courtesy of Thinkstock #103307465. Make sure floor openings, regardless of height, are properly guarded to prevent injuries

Make sure floor openings, regardless of height, are properly guarded to prevent injuries.

Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.

Falls are the leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths across all industries in Washington State.

Most workplaces have walking surfaces (that is, floors, catwalks, upper level surfaces) with unprotected sides and edges, clutter, uneven surfaces, or floor openings that can expose workers to hazards such as the following:

  • Falls (regardless of height).
  • Slips, trips, and falls (same level).
  • Sprains and strains.

These hazards can lead to serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or unforeseen safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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