22 Mar Ramps and Runways
Ramps and Runways
Ramps and runways are an integral part of almost every jobsite. However, many ramps and runways are not properly constructed resulting in a jobsite hazard to anyone on the site and as a source for damaged materials.
Guide for Discussion
General rules for ramps and runways:
- Keep them free from job junk (debris). Provide suitable traction.
- Consider standard guardrails (with or without toeboard) on both sides to prevent falls. Ramps with a minimum width of eighteen (18) inches may have only one guardrail. Never exceed a twelve foot span (maximum) without bracing.
- All walkways used in lieu of stairs must have cleats.
- Give plenty of clearance when workers are carrying or pushing materials. Don’t overload with people or materials.
- Keep all loads moving. Don’t stop on a ramp or runway with a load. Never work under a ramp or runway; the load may wind up on you.
- Danger signs for ramps and runways: Not wide enough.
- Not properly supported or nailed.
- Too steep an incline. No cleats.
- Bad spots or uneven walkways.
Remember: It makes good sense to erect safe and accessible ramps and runways. A failure to do so is just like setting up booby traps throughout the job.