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Bar Grating Maintenance Liability

June 7, 2012

In 2012 a sanitation worker fell 12 feet into a vault when the bar grating he was standing on suddenly flipped over.  Bar grating systems are used throughout the country to cover vaults in sidewalks and the safety of the pedestrians must be considered.  There are rules in place, which may be different in each state, on who is liable for maintaining sidewalk grates, access panels, manhole covers and utility caps.  Knowing who is responsible for maintenance is important to any business.

The city in which this incident took place had extensive laws on who should be responsible for grating and vault cover maintenance and safety.  The company that owned the grating is to be held responsible for replacing or repairing any defective grating and should also repair any street condition that is held within 12 inches of the grating itself.  When it come to the maintenance of the rest of the sidewalk, the business that the sidewalk butts up against is liable.

Making sure bar grating is securely fastened into the sidewalk is important to pedestrian safety.  Making sure pedestrians don’t slip and fall is also extremely important.  SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring has worked with utility companies and municipalities throughout the United States by providing them with non-slip safety grating, vault covers, manhole covers, and access panels.  Slip resistant road plates have also provided decades of safety for motorists and pedestrians alike.  Sacramento Municipal Utility District utilized galvanized steel grating over vault openings in sidewalks.  These non-slip products can be manufactured to meet specific size and shape requirements and can also include logos or company names if desired.  Slip resistant bar grating helps maintain safety on any sidewalk or pedestrian walkway.

“Liability in New York for Sidewalk Grate, Access Panel and Manhole Injuries”  www.knowledgebase.findlaw.com February 2, 2012. May 14, 2012 <http://knowledgebase.findlaw.com/kb/2012/Jan/442647.html>

Bar grating systems are used throughout the country to cover vaults in sidewalks and the safety of the pedestrians must be considered.  There are rules in place, which may be different in each state, on who is liable for maintaining sidewalk grates, access panels, manhole covers and utility caps.  Knowing who is responsible for maintenance is important to any business.

The city in which this incident took place had extensive laws on who should be responsible for grating and vault cover maintenance and safety.  The company that owned the grating is to be held responsible for replacing or repairing any defective grating and should also repair any street condition that is held within 12 inches of the grating itself.  When it come to the maintenance of the rest of the sidewalk, the business that the sidewalk butts up against is liable.

Making sure bar grating is securely fastened into the sidewalk is important to pedestrian safety.  Making sure pedestrians don’t slip and fall is also extremely important.  SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring has worked with utility companies and municipalities throughout the United States by providing them with non-slip safety grating, vault covers, manhole covers, and access panels.  Slip resistant road plates have also provided decades of safety for motorists and pedestrians alike.  Sacramento Municipal Utility District utilized galvanized steel grating over vault openings in sidewalks.  These non-slip products can be manufactured to meet specific size and shape requirements and can also include logos or company names if desired.  Slip resistant bar grating helps maintain safety on any sidewalk or pedestrian walkway.

“Liability in New York for Sidewalk Grate, Access Panel and Manhole Injuries”  www.knowledgebase.findlaw.com February 2, 2012. May 14, 2012 <http://knowledgebase.findlaw.com/kb/2012/Jan/442647.html>

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