Aluminum Landing Presents Slip Hazard

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Swift & Staley, Paducah, KY

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Maintenance, Property Management

On November 11, 2019 a Swift & Staley Team (SST) employee slipped and fell while descending aluminum steps. At the time of the incident, there was a light rain and the steps were wet. Following the incident, the steps were inspected and found to be free of damage or defect. The following day another SST employee slipped and fell on the landing of these same steps. At the time of this second incident, the steps were wet from melted snow and ice and also had salt on them. Upon subsequent inspection and comparison to other aluminum steps in the area, these steps were found to be of a less robust design for slip resistance than other steps in the area. The holes in the decking on these steps were smaller than the holes in decking on other steps and protruded upward to a lesser degree. Additionally, other step landings in the area had a ribbed deck board at the leading edge of the landing whereas this landing did not. Although these differences are subtle, the reduced slip resistance when compared to other steps SST employees are accustomed to traversing is believed to have been a factor in these incidents. The steps were flagged off to prevent use and are scheduled to be replaced with steps and a landing similar in design to other steps and landings in the area. An extent of condition was conducted, identifying another landing that SST has flagged off and scheduled for replacement.

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