Gaurdrails and Safety Gates
Safety Gates & OSHA’s Revised General Industry Standards.
On January 17th, 2017 OSHA released their revised 1910 General Industry Standards. Below are a few key takeaways regarding Safety Gates.
- Chains on hatch/floor opening railings are no longer OSHA compliant.
“OSHA believes that double chains do not fully protect workers from falls at hole entrances, and therefore, is adopting the existing and proposed requirements that entrances to ladderway floor and platform holes have a self-closing gate or be offset to prevent workers from falling”
- Safety railing and a self-closing safety gate must guard every ladder/floor hole, unless offset.
“Each employee is protected from falling into a ladderway floor hole or ladderway platform hole by a guardrail system and toeboards erected on all exposed sides, except at the entrance to the hole, where a self-closing gate or an offset must be used.” - OSHA Standard: 1910.28(b)(3)(iv)
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