Mezzanines are a great option for businesses and companies looking for extra space at a cheaper cost. Mezzanines come with several appealing benefits, however, there are also risks. If you or someone you know was injured as a result of a mezzanine accident, you may be eligible for compensation.
What are Mezzanines?
A mezzanine is a partial floor usually between the ground and first floors that does not extend over the entire floorspace of the building. They are used in commercial office spaces, warehouses, car dealerships, and manufacturing facilities. Mezzanines are typically used by companies looking for extra storage space, but they are flexible enough to be used for other purposes, including as a private office or as a specialized work area for equipment and machinery. Mezzanines also take less time to install into a facility and are more affordable.
The United States Department of Labor revealed that work-related fatal falls increased 26 percent between 2011 and 2016. During this time, there were over 3,000 deaths. Mezzanines come with their own safety risks. However, there are ways that you can ensure that mezzanines are safe enough for you and your employees without being injured.
- Mezzanines need to have sufficient edge protection. It is important that mezzanines have handrails and kickboards installed on all outer edges of the mezzanine, including the stairs and walkway. Edge protection decreases the likelihood of individuals falling to the ground below.
- Make sure that the mezzanine is clear from clutter. The mezzanine should be kept as organized as possible. Boxes and equipment should also be secured to avoid moving and being tripped over.
- Pay close attention to the weight capacity. The weight capacity for the mezzanine will typically be given by the people who installed it. You must abide by this weight capacity when deciding how many people will be using it at one time and how much equipment will be stored.
- Make regular safety checks. A safety check should include whether there is proper lighting and if pallet gates are in good working condition. Employers will also want to be sure that both new and long-term employees have had proper safety training.
Bucks County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry P.C. Represent Workers Injured on the Job
Workplace accidents are common and can lead to life-threatening, long-term injuries. If you or someone you know was injured on the job, contact a Bucks County Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Our experienced lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation and peace of mind you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 888-999-1962. Located in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania.