EFSS Fall Protection Engineering for Truck/Trailers

For Trucking Fall Protection needs including Concept,
Products and Engineering Contact Ellis Fall Safety Solutions
302-571-8470 to discuss your applications.

Truck/Trailer Driver Fatalities on the Rise
– U.S. Government Statistics

Truck Safety
NOTE: Truck drivers have the most fatalities

Click on links below for more information
“Tarping Flatbed Trailers” By J. Nigel Ellis
Professional Safety Magazine May 2008
“Truck Falls” By Robert McClay
Professional Safety Magazine May 2008
“The Lowdown on Safe Tarp Handling “ By Pete Van Dyne, Ted Christiansen
Occupational Health & Safety June 2006

“Fall Protection on Stationary Trucks”, By J. Nigel Ellis
ISFP Symposium June 2008

Driver’s Role Shipper’s Location º Reciever’s Location
Driver’s own Access to Flatbed, Or Shipper/Receiver provides (eg. Anderson Ladder or equivalent)
Walk Trailer Deck COB COB
Walking Deck/Climbing Load fall protection options:
1. Side Kit Walk deck only COB *** COB ***
2. Push up platform Access to Walk deck only 3 X
3. Guardrail on Trailer edges/rub rail Walk deck only 3 5
4. Adapted Forklift Tarping Stay on ground 3 5
5. Net System Walk deck only 3 X+
6. Powered tarping system Stay on ground 3 5
7. Crane Spreader Bar Stay on ground 3 5
8. Soft Sides Climb to tie-down load COB ++ COB++
9. Rolling (Sliding) Tarp Stay on ground COB COB
10 Overhead HLL (T’s, L’s) * Climb Load 3 5
11. Shipper’s forklift operator Driver benefits if tarp lifted
on top of load
5 5
12. Loosen tarp straps and pull tarp off Stay on ground 5 3**
Miscellaneous Fall Protection applications:
1. Tank Truck top Fall Protection Climb ladder to bleed tank COB COB
2. Tank Car drop down rails Climb atop tank car 3 3 +++
3. Hopper Car transfer Attach to overhead Lifeline 3 3
4. Roll-up stairs for tank car Climbing portable stairs 3 3
5. Dump Truck Automatic Tarp Stay on ground COB COB
6. Transport Trailer edge clean up (sketch) Climb into if necessary 3 5
7. Flatbed Loading concrete slab (no Fall Protection shown
Unhook Load)
5 5
Future Concepts:
On-board Lifeline System (Double SRL) Climb Load COB COB
Driver’s own hard hat:
(Type II Head Protection for 11ft max. fall elevation) Walk Deck / Climb Load 3 3
COB = Carry On Board fall protection by truck line or independent operator driver usable at shipper’s and receiver’s locations.
3 = Shipper’s choice of fall protection at their facility, some receiver’s have fall protection
5 = Receivers typically have no fall protection but can consider investing in Fall Protection system of their choice for predictable incoming shipments, except for construction sites
* Engineered Horizontal Lifeline System (HLL) posts are L or T- shaped for single or two bays
+ Unless truck mounted then COB
++ Tie Down of tall load is still a fall hazard that requires a rolling bar and SRL or equivalent
+++ Most rail yards have overhead fall protection for employee tank car unloading
º Desired Throughput rate determines number of systems or bays required
** Pull tarp off Load is Key technique to avoid fall exposure. If tarp sticks, receiver’s fork lift cage access can help
*** Side kit have edge fall hazard, need B2 or B3

For all Trucking and Trailer fall protection applications including Concept, Products and Engineering contact Ellis Fall Safety Solutions 302-571-8470 or email: efss@fallsafety.com to discuss your needs.

EFSS capabilities in Transportation Industry include:

  • Discussion of needs at Shipping and/or Receiving docks
  • Fall System alternatives
  • Design engineering drawings of structure for tarping buildings and /or platform and horizontal lifelines
  • Construction oversight
  • Meeting IBC ( Int’l Building Code) and ANSI Z359-2007 Fall Protection Code requirements
  • Prototype systems (D)

Call 302-571-8470 for information