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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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OSHA Requirements for Guardrail and Safety Railing Compliance

osha logoOne of the more popular fall protection questions we receive relates to OSHA requirements for safety railing and guardrail systems.  Determined inquiring minds can consult OSHA’s revised Walking Working Surfaces ruling for general industry, but this can be a laborious process.  In the interest of time, here is OSHA’s official stance on guardrail for general industry applications….

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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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What Every Employer Should Know about OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP)

As a company specializing in fall protection, we focus our efforts on ensuring employee safety and keeping companies in compliance with OSHA regulations.  Although you might think Diversified’s pre-engineered and engineered fall protection systems are our most valuable keys to worker safety and company compliance, we respectfully disagree.  Fall protection systems are important, but our approach calls for listening and educating before designing or installing a solution. This post serves as a basic primer on OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (also known as SVERP).  By explaining this enforcement initiative using simple language, we will arm you with information needed to stay clear of OSHA’s SVEP crosshairs while protecting your workers and your company.

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OSHA Requirements for Engineered Fall Protection System Re-Certification and PPE Inspection

There is much confusion surrounding OSHA regulations regarding re-certification of engineered fall protection systems and inspection requirements for the personal protective equipment (PPE) used in conjunction with these systems.  The question, “When must I recertify or inspect?” seems simple, but the answers are a bit complex because you won’t find an OSHA regulation specifying inspection and re-certification timetables.

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Did You Know?

In general Industry, any leading edge that is four feet or higher than the surface below must be protected from fall hazards?