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OSHA Requirements for Clean Floors
Slip-and-fall injuries are among the most common causes of New Jersey workplace injuries. Employees have certain requirements when it comes to preventing these types of injuries. These requirements are regulated by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
The relevant section of the OSHA regulations is found at 29 CFR 1910.22(a). It mandates that employers must keep all parts of the workplace “clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition.” Employers must be conscious of all kinds of obstacles that could lead to falls. They must also make sure the floor itself is in good condition and free of things like nails, splinters, and loose boards.
Wet floors are a common cause of slip-and-fall accidents in workplaces and elsewhere. Some jobs are such that wet floors are more or less inevitable. OSHA does not require that floors are always perfectly dry, but that they are dry “so far as possible.” Some ways workers can try to prevent or minimize floor wetness include drains, platforms, mats, or other dry standing places.
Employers must take extra care to prevent New Jersey workplace injuries when certain conditions present an increased risk of harm if a fall does occur. This means they must use covers and guardrails when workers are around machinery, pits, tanks, vats, ditches, and the like.
If you have been injured at work, a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer may be able to help you get the benefits you deserve. Please contact Dan Matrafajlo for a free evaluation of your case.