The Different Types Of Walkways And Floors

This 3 minute safety training video covers: How to know if the walking surface is safe, how to prevent potential fall hazards, what is the right measure of a guard rail, what is the use of a guard rail, how toeboards prevent secondary injuries, how to work on catwalks and other open platforms safely, when to install safety railings. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 18 minute full length version.

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We depend on the surfaces that we walk and work on for a lot of things... to provide the support we need to position ourselves properly, to help us use our muscles efficiently, to keep our balance and do our work safely. But we often take their condition for granted, and that is a big mistake.

Year after year slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of on-the-job accidents. They cause almost 20% of disabling occupational injuries, and thousands of fatalities annually. Yet most of these accidents could have been prevented.

Atlantic Training's "Walking and Working Surfaces" training program identifies the hazards that are associated with different surfaces and provides the practical information and specific procedures employees need to help prevent slips, trips and falls on the job.

Topics covered include:

  • The fundamentals of safe surfaces.
  • Walkways and floors.
  • Stairs and fixed ladders.
  • Portable ladders.
  • Scaffolding.
  • ... and more.

Video Transcript

One of the most common walking and working surfaces is the ramp, it can be found in almost any work site and it is use in many different ways. Because it is so common it is often taken for granted that it’s part of the floor or work area, but a ramp should be treated as a separate walking and working surface. You should be aware of the possibility of slips no matter where you work, how slippery a surface is depends of course of what it’s made of, some surfaces are much more slippery than others. Sometimes wet surfaces cannot be avoided, use floor mats to help remove the wetness from shoes.