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Aisles and Passageways

Keeping aisles and passage ways clear requires constant diligence.  During a walk-through conducted prior to a Hazard Recognition and Control Workshop it is not unusual to find obstructions that can lead to injury. In the following pictures you can see that OSHA’s 1910.22(b) is being violated.  Some people may think this is not a big deal, but research shows that… “Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.”
Hazardous situations such as these are created during normal daily operations when workers don’t really see them as a hazard.  Warehouses, machine shops, long term and short term storage areas become cluttered and are easily overlooked to the untrained eye.  When floors are marked to identify the borders of a walking surface the assumptions it that nobody will cross the line, but it is easy to see that is not the  case.
Many companies rely on monthly facility inspections to identify this type of violation but daily diligence should be practiced by everyone to prevent this from happening.  As you conduct your work, keep your eyes peeled for marked floors and items that encroach to borders and practice “find and fix.”
*OSHA 29 CFR 1910.22(b)
1910.22(b)  “Aisles and passageways.”
1910.22(b)(1)  Where mechanical handling equipment is used, sufficient safe clearances shall be allowed for aisles, at loading docks, through doorways and wherever turns or passage must be made. Aisles and passageways shall be kept clear and in good repairs, with no obstruction across or in aisles that could create a hazard.
1910.22(b)(2)  Permanent aisles and passageways shall be appropriately marked.
*Source: OSHA Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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