Employees working on barge decks face dangerous hazards that can cause serious injuries and death. Slips, trips, and falls are major contributors to the injuries that occur on barges. According to the Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publication on Barge Deck Safety, factors that may cause these slips, trips, and falls vary. Gear and equipment on the deck, changing walking speed and direction, fatigue, carrying heavy objects, visibility and unsuitable footwear all are common reasons for slips, trips, and falls. Slippery surfaces on the decks, possibly from water, oil, and ice, provide very dangerous conditions to workers as well.
Preventative measures should be taken to protect workers from slipping on barge decks. According to OSHA, review the following checklist to ensure your barge deck is safe from slips, trips, and falls:
Employees should use the following OSHA checklist to understand how to safely walk on a barge deck to prevent slips, trips, and falls:
Galvanized steel floor plates will play a key role in preventing your employees from slipping, tripping, and falling on a barge deck. The SlipNOT® permanent non slip solution will withstand the harsh environment barges are constantly facing while keeping workers on their feet.
“Barge Deck Safety.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 2009. Web. <http://www.osha.gov/Publications/3358deck-barge-safety.pdf>.