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Protection for Floor & Window Openings

Guarding Floor and Wall Openings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent reports, there were 829 fatalities from falls in the workplace in 2006. This figure does not take into account the thousands of others who ended up in a hospital or even in a wheelchair due to a fall. Many of these are accidents could have been avoided with a little bit of knowledge and patience.

The following safety procedures regarding protecting floor and wall openings will help ensure the safety of your employees and volunteers. Take a minute to read the precautions and be sure to enforce them on your worksites.



Floor Coverings


These safety practices are not only beneficial to the health of your employees and volunteers, they are also beneficial to the financial well being of your affiliate – many times jobsite accidents can lead to expensive, time consuming lawsuits. Take charge, and make sure your volunteers and employees understand, and practice, these floor opening guarding tips.

And remember to always get a signed waiver from all volunteers prior to them working on the jobsite! If you have any questions about this information please call the Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Insurance Program at (888) 553-9002.