Whats Wrong With This Picture?

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Photographs are a learning tool for how workers can prevent accidents. Thank you to Gabe Garcia, our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for July. Can you spot what is wrong with this picture?  Keep reading to find out more.



Covers located in roadways and vehicular aisles shall be capable of supporting, without failure, at least twice the maximum axle load of the largest vehicle expected to cross over the cover.

1926.502(i)(2) All other covers shall be capable of supporting, without failure, at least twice the weight of employees, equipment, and materials that may be imposed on the cover at any one time.

1926.502(i)(3) All covers shall be secured when installed so as to prevent accidental displacement by the wind, equipment, or employees.

1926.502(i)(4) All covers shall be color-coded, or they shall be marked with the word “HOLE” or “COVER” to provide a warning of the hazard.


Employees and or equipment could easily break the ¼” plywood and fall to the floor below, causing severe injuries including lacerations, fractures, and even death.

Corrective Action:

To be on the safe side, always predict or identify the heaviest load (vehicular, materials, or human traffic).  Use boards that are not damaged and are capable of withstanding twice the weight of the heaviest vehicle, material/equipment, or human loads. Secure the board to the hole to prevent movement. If multiple boards are used, secure both boards to each other and then to the ground. Mark hole cover in (preferably) a fluorescent or highly visible paint. Train all employees on how to recognize and correct the hazard.

Gabriel Garcia, PCG, PCC, PCM
Safety Supervisor
USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program