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Fall Protection Learning Center

The purpose of our learning center is to provide industry data and information as well as links to other sites that contain critical guidelines and information on fall protection.

Common Application Data

Given that OSHA requires fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet or more in general industry applications, it is critical for businesses utilizing rail cars and trucks in their operations to understand that most equipment in these industries greatly exceed these heights. The following two charts highlight the typical dimensions for different types of rail cars and truck trailers.

Rail Cars - Approx Dimensions L (ft) W (ft) H (ft)
Hopper 65 10 15
Tanker 40-70 10 10-15
Spine - Center Beam 60-73 10 6
Locomotive 20-80 10-12 18-20

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Truck Trailer - Approx Dimensions L (ft) W (ft) H (ft)
Tanker 40-53 9 12
Flat Bed 48,53 9 5
Hopper 40 9 12
Bulk 45-48 9 12

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Government Statistics on Fatal Falls

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Bureau Of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.

Fatal falls declined 2 percent in 2010 (from 645 in 2009 to 635 in 2010). Overall, fatal falls are down 25 percent from the series high of 847 fatal falls reported in 2007. Since 2007, fatal falls in the private construction industry have decreased by 42 percent. Fatal injuries resulting from being struck by objects or equipment were also lower, down 4 percent in 2010 to 402. Fatal work injuries involving exposure to harmful substances or environments were up slightly, but electrocutions declined.

Fatal Injuries - Year 2009 2010
Falls 645 635
Fall to lower level 538 515
- Fall from ladder 127 129
- Fall from roof 109 117
- Fall from scaffold 54 44
Fall on same level 93 93

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, 2009-2010

 


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