HSE issues safety alert for floor grating systems 27 April 2023
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety alert relating to the unsafe use of floor grating systems in oil and gas, and wind generation.
The issue is that sections of polymer floor grating systems used on offshore oil and gas platforms, vessels and wind generation installations can become dislodged. Workers and others are at risk of tripping on unsecured flooring or falling through the subsequent hole.
Investigations have revealed that fasteners used to secure the polymer grating flooring sections have not been installed or positioned as per the OEMs guidance, or in line with industry good practice.
One action required is to identify where grating systems are used. Also, duty holders and employers should identify all areas of grating systems across installations and workplaces.
Another action required is to prioritise safety critical areas such as escape routes and carry out a suitable and sufficient review to ensure they are safe to use. This should include but not be limited to ensuring they are installed in accordance with the OEM instructions for the use of fasteners.
Health & Safety Executive
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