Guard rails, Railings, Hand rails, and Floor Covers

Guard rails and hand rails are a key solution to  preventing falls. Thinkstock Photo #55877688

Guard rails and hand rails are a key solution to preventing falls.

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Workers in most industries can be exposed to falls from unguarded areas such as the following:

  • Walkways.
  • Windows and wall openings in construction.
  • Open manholes.
  • Skylights.
  • Platforms.
  • Stairways.

Guard rails, hand rails, and covers are a key solution to preventing falls and protecting workers from serious injuries or death.

As part of a required Accident Prevention Program, conduct a safety walk through of the job site and/or work areas to identify potential hazards where guard rails, hand rails or both may be needed.

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