On June 30, a Washington River Protection Solutions employee fell when the top rail of a removable wooden handrail on a stair landing gave way. The employee fell to the concrete pad below resulting in significant injury, including two broken wrists. The use of removable hand/guard rails has been utilized since the mid-1980s across the Hanford site to mitigate hazards associated with delivering materials up and down mobile office stairways. Though stairs, rails, and platforms are built to life safety codes and standards, preventive and corrective maintenance programs are imperative to keeping the structures in a safe condition. Incorporate criteria based inspections prior to placing these structures into service upon completion of construction, modification, or corrective maintenance.
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