Pit Stairway Improvements
June 1, 2010
Computing Sciences staff recently reported that many of the lights on the pit stairs were not working, and that several of the steps were dangerously unstable. These issues were entered into the Corrective Action Tracking System, and after interim repairs to the stairway lights, an entirely new lighting system was installed. The steps have been made stable, and are awaiting more permanent repair.
The three CRD employees who reported the pit stairway problems have been nominated for SPOT Awards, for their pro-active response to the ongoing issues with the pit stairway. A majority of recent Computing Science injuries have been related to trips and falls, including one event on the B70 stairs leading to the cafeteria, and a second event on the stairs to the B51 upper parking lot.
In the case of the B51 parking lot stairs, the streetlight in the area had been turned off, and the area was completely dark.The CS Lessons Learned report on the B70 stairway incident can be read at: http://isswprod.lbl.gov/lessonslearned/browse/preview.aspx?id=902
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