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Before you talk to your crew about floor openings, read these tips:
-Falls cause more injuries in the construction industry than any other type of accident. About
40% of the serious injuries in the building trades are due to falls from one level to another.
-Protection of floor openings is crucial. Remind your crew that if they have to remove
guardrails, covers or barricades, to be sure to put them back as soon as their work is finished.
-This is also true if they just walk away from their task for even a few minutes. Tell them that
if they see an unprotected opening, to tell you immediately or to fix it themselves.
-Coverings, rails and barricades must be sturdy. They should also have signs posted on them
warning people to replace the protection if they must remove it.


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