Loading Dock Safety Railing
Loading docks are among the busiest locations in any manufacturing or distribution facility. Raw materials and components entering your plant and many of the finished products leaving your facility pass through this area, exposing fork lift drivers and pedestrian traffic to fall risks when loading dock doors remain open and unguarded. Unprotected loading dock openings are not just a fall hazard-they violate OSHA fall protection regulations (OSHA 1910.23(b)(1)).
One of our most popular fall protection solutions for shipping and receiving areas is a loading dock safety gate system we call LORGATE. Designed for fast and easy installation, the LORGATE loading dock safety gate offers exceptional value at a fraction of the cost of other systems. Say good-bye to unsafe chains, lifting, and pinch hazards associated with other loading dock safety gates and step up to LORGATE.
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LORGATE is a loading dock safety gate system with the pivot side anchored and the movable side fitted with a rolling wheel to eliminate lifting of the gate. A dock worker or delivery person can easily move this OSHA compliant gate for complete access to the overhead door and truck opening. When loading and unloading is complete, the gate is rolled to the locked and protected position. In addition to loading dock safety gates, DFP can fabricate and install a guardrail system to protect your entire shipping and receiving area.
- 1910.29(b) Guardrail systems. The employer must ensure guardrail systems meet the following requirements:
- 1910.29(b)(1) The top edge height of top rails, or equivalent guardrail system members, are 42 inches (107 cm), plus or minus 3 inches (8 cm), above the walking-working surface. The top edge height may exceed 45 inches (114 cm), provided the guardrail system meets all other criteria of paragraph (b) of this section (see Figure D-11 of this section).
- 1910.29(b)(2)(i) Midrails are installed at a height midway between the top edge of the guardrail system and the walking-working surface;
- 1910.29(b)(3) Guardrail systems are capable of withstanding, without failure, a force of at least 200 pounds (890 N) applied in a downward or outward direction within 2 inches (5 cm) of the top edge, at any point along the top rail.
- 1910.29(b)(4) When the 200-pound (890-N) test load is applied in a downward direction, the top rail of the guardrail system must not deflect to a height of less than 39 inches (99 cm) above the walking-working surface.
- 1910.29(b)(5) Midrails, screens, mesh, intermediate vertical members, solid panels, and other equivalent intermediate members are capable of withstanding, without failure, a force of at least 150 pounds (667 N) applied in any downward or outward direction at any point along the intermediate member.
- 1910.29(b)(6) Guardrail systems are smooth-surfaced to protect employees from injury, such as punctures or lacerations, and to prevent catching or snagging of clothing.
1910.29(b)(9) Top rails and midrails are at least 0.25-inches (0.6 cm) in diameter or in thickness.
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