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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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Learning More About Rooftop and Loading Dock Fall Protection – New LORGATE and LORGUARD Literature Now Available

LORGUARD TileAt Diversified Fall Protection, we are committed to teaching our clients about important ways to mitigate rooftop and loading dock falls in their facilities. We teach via in-person visits, through our websites (www.FallProtect.com and www.PortableGuardRail.com), video, and a variety of printed materials.

Although many of our clients associate the DFP brand with custom-engineered fall protection systems, we also offer a line of pre-engineered, OSHA compliant fall protection solutions designed for rooftop and loading dock applications.   LORGUARD is a non-penetrating, free standing rooftop guardrail system that is designed both for temporary and permanent application.  Diversified Fall Protection also offers LORGATE, a rolling loading dock safety gate that protects the leading edges found in shipping and receiving areas.  We just released four new pieces of literature describing the uses and benefits of these innovative fall protection systems:

Each of these pieces is in a PDF format that allows users to save the information to their computers or print the deliverables out for later reference. For pricing information, or to place a LORGUARD or LORGATE purchase online, please visit our e-commerce enabled website, www.PortableGuardRail.com.

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Design Contrast of the LORGATE Loading Dock Fall Protection System

LORGATE Loading Dock Fall Protection SystemFrom loading docks to ramped walls to raised access platforms, Diversified Fall Protection can design, fabricate, and install a guardrail system that protects your entire loading dock facility.  And according to OSHA’s 1910-regulation on general industry requirements, some form of fall protection is required along a leading edge where there is an elevation change of equal to or greater than four (4) feet – a dangerously typical predicament in loading dock environments. Enter the LORGATE, Diversified Fall Protection’s Loading Dock Fall Protection system.

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Did You Know?

There were 6,271 cited Fall Protection OSHA standards violations in 2015?