WVC 21 - 3 - 6
§21-3-6. Stairways, passageways and lights; overloading floors or
walls; space between machines.
In all factories, mercantile establishments, mills or
workshops, proper and substantial handrails shall be provided on
all stairways, and the treads thereon shall be so constructed as
to furnish a firm and safe foothold. A proper light shall be
kept burning by the owner or lessee in all main passageways, main
hallways, at all main stairs, main stair landings and shafts, and
in front of all passenger or freight elevators, upon the entrance
floors, and upon other floors, on every workday of the year, from
the time the building is open for use until it is closed, except
at times when the influx of natural light shall make artificial
light unnecessary. No floor space or any work room in any
factory, mercantile establishment, mill or workshop, shall be so
overloaded with machinery or other materials as thereby to cause
serious risk to or endanger the life or limb of any employee, nor
shall there be permitted in any such establishment a load in
excess of the safe sustaining power of the floors and walls
thereof. Machines shall not be placed so close together as to be
a serious menace to those who have to pass between them.
Passageways shall be of ample width, well lighted and free from
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