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.
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)|
|Spine - Center Beam||60-73||10||6|
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|Truck Trailer - Approx Dimensions||L (ft)||W (ft)||H (ft)|
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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|
|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|