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Safety benefits of floor markings in the workplace

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

To improve the operation of their facility, employers in Florida are encouraged to lay down the appropriate floor markings. They will find that floor tape is especially easy to use as well as affordable; it can mark not only floors but also walls, pipes and work equipment. The point is not just to create a more efficient workplace, though. Workers’ safety must also be taken into account.

For example, employers could use pre-cut shapes like footprints to direct workers and visitors through high-traffic areas. But there should also be markings that highlight areas where worker errors are most likely to occur. Markings should make certain hazardous structures more visible, including beams, bollards and loading docks.

Floor tape, especially highly reflective and fluorescent tape, can point out emergency exits, electrical panels, access doors and more. When laid down around first-aid stations and fire extinguishers, it can act as a warning to workers not to block the area. It additionally could be used to reinforce safety messages or guidelines, such as the guidelines around wearing personal protective equipment.

Floor tape comes in various colors, materials and patterns. Most who use different colors do so in compliance with OSHA’s safety color codes. Different colors allow employees to more easily distinguish between work areas, among other things.

While floor markings can prevent accidents, workers can still injure themselves as a result of carelessness. However, the workers’ compensation program pays out for medical expenses and a portion of lost wages regardless of who was at fault, so victims are encouraged to file for the benefits. However, since employers have the right to deny payment to negligent employees, victims may want a lawyer by their side. In the end, they might need to file an appeal. The lawyer may also discuss the possibility of a settlement.