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Labor and Employment Law
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Walking and Working Surfaces


N. Peter Lareau;Lex K. Larson;Jonathan R. Mook;David L. Bacon;David W. Tucker;Darrell R. VanDeusen;Jeffrey L. Hirsch;Tim Bornstein;Ann Gosline;and Marc Greenbaum.

Chapter Summary


Workplaces throughout the nation have millions of stairways, chutes, ladders, and similar walking and working surfaces, all covered by detailed regulations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA"). Some of these regulations are quite detailed; however, many of them could be described as common sense requirements, including those relating to "slip and fall" accidents, one of the largest causes of workplace injuries.

This chapter from Labor and Employment Law discusses OSHA's walking and working surface requirements. The chapter begins with a discussion of housekeeping requirements, which generally require that all places of employment, passageways, storerooms, and service rooms be kept in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition. The chapter also discusses specific requirements pertaining to aisles and passageways, floor and wall openings, stairways, ladders, and scaffolding. The chapter also includes discussion of new rules pertaining to "fall protection," "personal fall-arrest systems," and rules relating to ergonomics and employee equipment. The chapter concludes by providing a list of websites providing information on slip resistance.

Labor and Employment Law is a complete guide to labor and employment law, both federal and state. Expert authors provide concise, authoritative analysis on all established and emerging issues in labor and employment law. This comprehensive treatise also offers practice tips, checklists, and model forms for use in ERISA, FMLA, and OSHA disputes.


OSHA,Occupational Safety and Health Administration,walking surfaces,working surfaces,stairways,chutes,ladders,slip and fall accidents,workplace injuries,passageways,storerooms,service rooms,aisles,scaffolding,fall protection,personal fall-arrest systems,ergonomics,employee equipment,slip resistance


For introductory material on OSHA, see Ch. 186. For discussion on electrical hazards, see Ch. 201. For analysis of guidelines relating to personal protective equipment, see Ch. 207. For a discussion of housekeeping and facility management, see Ch. 209. Ch. 213 discusses emergency medical care and first aid.


See Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (Matthew Bender) for authoritative information relating to the medical analysis needed to prove, refute, or prevent allegations of occupational injury and illness, including AMA evaluations of permanent impairment.

See Employee Rights Litigation: Pleading and Practice (Matthew Bender) for complete coverage of the basic legal standards governing the statutory and common law claims that can be raised on behalf of employees.

See Employment in Texas: Guide to Employment Law, Regulations and Practices (Matthew Bender), a concise, readable guidebook for business owners, personnel directors, general managers, and human resources staff who manage Texas employees daily.

See New York Employment Law, Second Edition (Matthew Bender), the premier employment law guide for New York attorneys and businesses that covers the entire range of private sector employment law in New York.

See Wilcox, California Employment Law (Matthew Bender), which provides the most comprehensive treatment of California law governing employer-employee relations in the private sector.
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