The floor safety world is still waiting for the anticipated revisions to 29 CFR 1910, subparts D and I “Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention).” Previously the revisions were scheduled for a 2013 release, but recent news from OSHA points to a June 2014 release. Construction companies try their best to combat fall accidents by using systems similar to this edge protection system uk being one of the many companies that have this in place to protect their employees. However, health and safety are not always maintained in some construction companies, and this can lead to employees suffering from serious injuries, that can affect their ability to work. Should this occur some workers may look to seek compensation should an accident happen while at work, if you think you have a possible personal injury case, you may want to get in touch with personal injury or workers’ compensation lawyers. Employers have a duty to ensure that their employees are properly trained for the tasks given to them as well as sustain a level of professionalism and safety for themselves and their coworkers.

Have you sustained a personal injury as a result of a slip and fall accident? If so, there is a chance you could be entitled to compensation. To help get your lawsuit off the ground, you might want to reach out to a personal injury lawyer such as the Johnson Law Firm for legal advice.

There are many new changes in the proposed revisions (published in 2003), with 15 new ANSI standards being cited- most of which applying to ladders, lift trucks and elevated platforms. The proposed rules also specify two standards specifically relate to level surfaces (A1264.1-1995 addresses “Safety Requirements for Workplace Floors and Wall Openings, Stairs and Railing Systems. While ANSI A1264.2-2001 addresses “The provision of Slip Resistance on Walking/Working Surfaces”).

It is possible the B101 series of standards will also be cited in the final rules, as the current proposed revisions preceded the creation of the ANSI/NFSI B101 series of standards. Specifically, the ANSI/NFSI B101.1 or B101.3 standards may serve as the basis of defining a “safe walking and working surface” at least as it applies to slip resistance, and will impact those industries where hazardous floors are a leading cause of worker injury (ie: retail, foodservice, hospitality, etc.) This will no doubt become a key point of note for personal injury attorneys once this change comes into effect.
The NFSI is hopeful this is the last delay by OSHA on for the much needed revisions to subparts D and I “Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention).”