Water-damaged structures and the restoration process create numerous slip, trip and fall hazards. Wet surfaces are normally slick, and equipment hoses and power cords provide ample opportunity for workers and occupants to slip, trip or fall. Post warning signs and brief occupants about the hazards.
Slippery floors are a common hazard in water damaged situations. People may not recognize the potential hazard of walking from a wet carpeted surface onto a hard floor surface such as vinyl tile. Wet shoes may not slip much on the carpet, but when the person steps onto the hard floor surface, a serious slip hazard exists. Ensure occupants understand this hazard.
Hoses and power cords may become a tangled maze for occupants and workers to navigate during emergency services. During the drying state, equipment power cords may be a problem for occupants. These hoses and cords become a serious hazard for the very young and old. Secure dehumidifier and air mover cords to limit the hazard during the drying phase.
Floating carpets also present a trip hazard. Ensure occupants understand they should not be walking on carpet that is being floated. Ins situations where people may enter during the drying process, such as hallways, carpets may need to be removed to the warehouse for drying instead of being left in the structure.
Tack strips pose a hazard when carpets are removed. Stepping on an exposed tack strip can be painful and dangerous. If carpet is removed for drying, tack strips may require a protective covering to prevent injury.