Safety, June 4, 2010

Stairways and ramps aren't moved around the way ladders are, but they still aren't inherently safe. OSHA requires inspection and maintenance.

Stairways and ramps aren't moved around the way ladders are, but they still aren't inherently safe. OSHA requires inspection and maintenance. Check for:

  • Illumination. A change in grade or elevation requires some depth perception to safely navigate. Poor lighting interferes with this, making falls likely.
  • Structural and mechanical integrity. Ramps may fail at mechanical/structural stress points during high load conditions. A qualified person needs to inspect these points at established intervals.
  • Cleanliness. Ensure everyone understands that grease, oil, or trash on a ramp or stairway must be removed immediately or the route must be closed off until it can be.
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