Metal deck installation is one of the most hazardous tasks that ironworkers face during the structural steel erection process. The first step in the decking process is the hoisting and landing of the deck bundles on the floors or roof. During this first step if the deck bundle is not properly landed on the framing or the deck bundle is not tightly nested from the plant (imagine an unshuffled deck of cards) it can cause a falling hazard.
This unforeseen hazard occurs when the bottom sheet(s) of decking are not properly supported on the ends. As a result the ironworker installing the deck will lose their footing when stepping onto these last sheets. As he/she moves forward the sheet of deck will either move out from under him/her or the gap could be large enough that he/she goes “in the hole!” This fall hazard can be avoided with proper training.
OSHA DECKING RULES/REGULATIONS
This Safety Flash was contributed by Greg Phillips, of Titan Steel Erectors LLC, Memphis, Tenn., in cooperation with SEAA’s Safety Committee. It is designed to keep members informed about ongoing safety issues and to provide suggestions for reducing risk. Best practices are gathered from a variety of sources. They may be more or less stringent than individual corporate policies, and are not intended to be an official recommendation from SEAA. Always get approval and direction from your company officers on any new practice or procedure as these best practices may not work for all situations.
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