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Fall Arrest Systems for Truck Unloading & Tarping

Flat beds, double drop flat beds, box trucks, bulk solid haulers, and tankers all have their own geometries, access points, and fall hazards.  The same can be said of facilities such as truck scale stations and multi-bay trailer terminal operations.  Regardless of whether loads are accessed at a terminal or point of delivery, part of your responsibility as a safety director is to provide a safe means of access to the tankers, trailers, and trucks.  Keeping your drivers and employees safe requires a comprehensive fall prevention strategy, which includes the proper mix of fall protection equipment, personnel training, and partnering with a fall protection company that appreciates the unique nature of the potential fall hazards associated with your industry.  Whether your application requires a permanently installed fall protection or a portable fall arrest system, we can offer a OSHA compliant solution to meet your specific needs.

We are a complete turnkey provider of fall protection systems designed for the trucking industry and have years of design and installation experience in this market sector.  Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection safety requirements.

Fall Protection Solutions

Design Considerations

An effective fall arrest or fall protection system for trucking applications must take into consideration such factors as trailer style, traffic volume in adjacent areas, terminal or loading/unloading area layout, environmental factors such as indoor or outdoor use, and the presence of overhead cranes just to name a few.

Horizontal lifelines used over trailer beds with unprotected leading edges of four feet or less are often ineffective because impact with the ground will occur before the fall is arrested.  As a result, rigid rail or rigid beam fall arrest systems are often specified to minimize deflection.   When used used in conjunction with a rigid beam system, SRL’s typically arrest falls within a 2ft. drop.

For tankers and bulk solid haulers, fixed platforms with fold down gangways allow personnel to safely reach the top and attach to a rigid beam trolley fall arrest system.  Care must be taken to consider the number of users and loads applied to the system to size the foundation correctly.  Trolley beam systems can be run in parallel to provide ease of access for multiple users, or the fall arrest system can be constructed as a continuous, single beam system.

Our years of experience in the trucking industry will help us implement a turnkey fall protection system that keeps your employees safe and your facility in compliance with all OSHA regulations.

OSHA Regulations

  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems
    • 1926.502(d)
      'Personal fall arrest systems.' Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section.
    • 1926.502(d)(16)
      Personal fall arrest systems, when stopping a fall, shall:
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(i)
      limit maximum arresting force on an employee to 900 pounds (4 kN) when used with a body belt;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(ii)
      limit maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 pounds (8 kN) when used with a body harness;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(iii)
      be rigged such that an employee can neither free fall more than 6 feet (1.8 m), nor contact any lower level;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(iv)
      bring an employee to a complete stop and limit maximum deceleration distance an employee travels to 3.5 feet (1.07 m); and,
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(v)
      have sufficient strength to withstand twice the potential impact energy of an employee free falling a distance of 6 feet (1.8 m), or the free fall distance permitted by the system, whichever is less.

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