In July 2009, a report addressing the findings in guards, handrails, and surfaces was completed via an assessment of slip, trip, and fall hazards. From this report, there were a number of guard, guardrail, and handrail findings. The list was made with risk priority ratings referencing the International Building Code, WISHA, OSHA, and University worker safety policies. The ratings have helped in determining which findings to address first with capital improvements, maintenance, and administrative controls. Some of the capital improvement projects that have been completed are shown below.
Roberts/Mueller Hall Bridge Guardrails prevent 17-foot falls on both sides. The bridge connects that building to the campus and many people cross it for gaining access to the building. With high volumes of students and visitors the risk for injury is increased, as well as dim lighting during evening hours. In order to address the problem, guardrails were installed to match the architecture of the building and to preserve the vegetation and landscaping.
Project Completed: March 2012
Schmitz Hall guardrails on the southwest corner of the building were installed to prevent falls from up to 16'9". Before the guardrail improvements, the ledge on the corner was used for sitting and no backrest was present.
Project Completed: June, 2010
K-wing Court Guardrails were installed to prevent gardeners from falling more than 20 feet. The absence of a barrier presented a hazard to those that take care of the vegetation.
Project Completed: August 2012
UW Faculty Club Guard installed at the back of a bench to make sure that those sitting on the bench do not fall backwards. The guardrail prevents a fall of more than 7'10".
Project Completed: February, 2014
Suzzallo Library Entrance handrails aid in ascending the stair case. Previously there were no handrails and this created a safety concern in a high volume area.
Project completed: 2006
Handrail installed on the UW Faculty Club ramp. This area has many visitors. The handrail was installed for safety when ascending the ramp and was retrofitted with wood to fit the design of the building.
Project Completed: December, 2013