Avoid an OSHA Fine on Your Unprotected Dock

Any owner of a company that has a warehouse or other physical plant building with a loading dock should be aware of and compliant with OSHA safety regulations. It can be challenging to stay on top of what OSHA requires a company to do in order to protect workers. Regulations do change over time, and equipment upgrades can be costly. Fortunately, there are economical solutions to maintaining loading dock safety. Dual Chain is one solution to avoiding an unprotected dock and a large OSHA fine.

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An unsafe loading dock is no joke. About 25 percent of all warehouse injuries businesses report happen on loading docks. That doesn’t account for unreported injuries, accidents that do not result in serious injury, or near misses. Falls from loading docks often result in injuries. As a result, OSHA has made enforcing fall protection a priority. It is the number one hazard they cite.

What Is the OSHA Fine for an Unprotected Dock?

The OSHA regulation that applies for an unprotected dock is 1910.28(b)(1)(i). It states:

“Except as provided elsewhere in this section, the employer must ensure that each employee on a walking-working surface with an unprotected side or edge that is 4 feet (1.2 m) or more above a lower level is protected from falling by one or more of the following:

  • Guardrail systems;
  • Safety net systems; or
  • Personal fall protection systems, such as personal fall arrest, travel restraint, or positioning systems.”

The fine for a loading dock safety violation can be as high as $12,675 per occurrence. That means if you have four loading docks and when OSHA comes to inspect, three of the doors are open with no safety precautions taken, your company could be fined $38,025 for that one instance. Many, many companies are not compliant with loading dock safety regulations, and they are all at risk of large fines because of it. This is unfortunate because safety equipment like Dual Chain is an easy and inexpensive fix to an unprotected dock.

How Does Dual Chain Work?

Dual Chain attaches to the door jambs on the dock door opening. This product consists of yellow galvanized steel chain and lap links, D-rings, J-bolts, turnbuckles, and wall receivers. It is manually operated, is adjusted with an easy-to-use turnbuckle, and requires no electricity to work – making it both very simple and very affordable to use.

If your loading dock is 8 feet, 9 feet, or 10 feet wide, Dual Chain will work to protect your loading dock as it can be stretched across to fit a 10-foot opening. Its chain system top rail meets OSHA’s standard for being able to withstand 200 pounds of force.

Don’t let a $12,675 fine happen to your business. Avoid an OSHA fee for an unprotected dock by installing Dual Chain on your loading dock today. If you have any questions about loading dock safety or Dual Chain, don’t hesitate to call us at Beuschel Sales. We will be happy to help in any way we can.

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