Stick to the Steps
In past blogs I’ve talked a lot about safety issues with floor grates and ways to prevent accidents and grate failures. I’ve talked about the importance of inspection, maintenance, and grate replacement. And today I’d like to discuss proper procedure when removing grates during these activities. Specific procedure steps may differ across companies, and though most of these steps may seem obvious, it is important to adhere to your company’s policy when dealing with the removal of industrial floor grates.
Obtaining a floor grating removal permit is usually the first step of this process. Next, it is required that a barricade or guardrail be installed, which encompasses the opening. Specifications for these guardrails may differ, so be sure to review your company’s requirements on this. If a hole is left open and a cover is utilized, be sure that this cover can support twice the weight of any equipment or persons it may bear in maintenance or service. The cover should also be properly secured and labeled. Also be sure that bordering grates are secured. Place removed gratings out of the way of traffic. In addition to the guardrails and labeling, it is advised to notify workers in the area of the grate removal. And again, it may seem obvious, but adequate lighting is also necessary in this area.
Safety should always be the number one priority, and these steps can help prevent injuries as grate removal can be a tripping hazard. Following strict procedure can seem time consuming at times, but there is a reason for these methods and it is always better to be safe than sorry. When removing grates for maintenance, inspect surrounding grates and look into replacing aging systems to ensure the highest safety in your workplace.