America was not always a country with ever expanding power and industrial strength. There was a time when majority of America’s workforce suffered in the inhumane conditions. This resulted in congress adopting Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1970 to decrease the rate of American workers getting hurt in industrial accidents. At Frekhtman & Yusuf, we are committed to provide the victims of industrial accidents with justice and proper compensation. As the leading industrial accident attorneys in Texas, we investigate the accidents in-depth to hold liable the people who are responsible for the accident.
Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was created by the Congress as government agency to ensure the “safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.” While the deaths of the hard working Americans has gone down, the OSH Act is still struggling to make the workplaces across the state accident free.
One thing that every American worker should know is the ways OSHA protects them. From the rights of the workers to the requirements set for walkways and scaffolding, every regulation of the OSHA is to help the workers stay safe at their workplace.
Maintenance of walkway is one of the basic ways the employers have the ability to keep their workers safe. In the industries, even the simple act of building the walkway and scaffolding in the right way keeps the workers safe from the fatal dangers of working in the industries.
General walkway requirements
The basic requirement set by OSHA regarding walkways are: “all places of employment, passageways, storerooms, service rooms, and walking-working surfaces are kept in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition.”
The walkways and all floors need to be kept dry and clean even when the external conditions are wet. If the walkway is supposed to be wet, it is necessary that the proper drainage is there. The wet workplaces need to have mats and dry standing places for the workers.
Any kind of sharp objects, spill, corrosive materials, snow or leaks of any kind need to be cleared immediately from the floors and walkways. This is the basic requirement that ensures the safety of workers. Other requirements for walkways set by OSHA are:
The walkways are required to be able to handle the load that is to be carried by the workers.
Access and Egress
The walkways are required to be safe so that the workers are able to use them to leave the site as required.
OSHA scaffolding requirements
Not following the scaffolding required is one of the top three violations that leads to the industrial accidents. According to OSHA, the scaffolding is only to be designed by the person who is qualified to do so. Each and every level of the scaffold needs to be properly decked. With no more than 1 inch of space unless the employer can show the reason why more space is required.
The scaffolds are also to be built on strong foundation to ensure that it does not move when in use and has ability to handle all the weight.
Inspection, maintenance, and repair
All the walkways and scaffolding needs to be regularly inspected by the OSHA inspectors for safety. Even a simple breakdown needs to be repaired immediately and inspected to ensure its usability
At Frekhtman & Yusuf, our industrial accident attorneys in Texas work hard to help the victims of industrial accidents in Texas get compensated for their suffering. We work on a contingency basis, which means that you do not have to pay a penny until we win your case.