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Does OSHA Require Fall Protection for Loading Docks?

loading dock safety railingOn a recent site visit, one of our clients asked if OSHA’s 1910 four foot rule applies to loading docks. The short answer is usually, yes.  Most loading docks are 48-52” tall, but we do see instances of docks a few inches shy of four feet–say 46”.  By strict letter of the law, a 46” dock does not require fall protection under the provisions of OSHA 1910.  That said, even docks coming in under 4 feet should utilize some sort of fall protection system…

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Do OSHA Regulations Require Fall Protection for 46″ Loading Docks?

loading dock safety railingOn a recent site visit, one of our clients asked if OSHA’s 1910 four foot rule applies to loading docks. The short answer is usually, yes.  Most loading docks are 48-52” tall, but we do see instances of docks a few inches shy of four feet–say 46”.  By strict letter of the law, a 46” dock does not require fall protection under the provisions of OSHA 1910.  That said, even docks coming in under 4 feet should utilize some sort of fall protection system and here is why…

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Loading Dock Rolling Safety Gate

The DFP loading dock rolling safety gate is an improved gate system with the pivot side anchored and the movable side fitted with a rolling wheel to eliminate lifting of the gate. It provides total accessibility to the dock opening.  A dock worker or delivery person can easily move this OSHA compliant gate for complete access to the overhead door and truck opening. When finished and ready to move, the gate is rolled to the locked and protected location.  The DFP loading dock safety gate provides cost effective protection to stop serious accidents.

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Did You Know?

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths?