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Old 12-14-2015, 12:32 PM
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Default Tractor Trailer Wash Down Bay - Fall Arrest Lifeline System

Every once and a while we do something pretty cool! This time we took a Gorbel Tether Track monorail and combined it with a custom galvanized overhang to create a fall safe wash down bay for one of our customers in the Northeast. Our customer is extremely satisfied with the end result.

If anyone has any suggestions, ideas, or feedback on how we could make this better, I'll appreciate the constructive criticism.

More detail on the blog article - Tractor Trailer Fall-Arrest Lifeline System
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Old 12-14-2015, 12:50 PM
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Around here free standing fall prevention structures like that have been "required" equipment at tank loading facilities for the past 20 years or so. A lot of them have stairs and ramps so that workers aren't required to climb the ladders on the trailers. The roof is a nice touch but I can't see that it's going to do much good except in a gentle rain that's falling straight down--it won't take much wind to blow rain or snow underneath it...
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Old 12-14-2015, 01:21 PM
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Around here free standing fall prevention structures like that have been "required" equipment at tank loading facilities for the past 20 years or so. A lot of them have stairs and ramps so that workers aren't required to climb the ladders on the trailers. The roof is a nice touch but I can't see that it's going to do much good except in a gentle rain that's falling straight down--it won't take much wind to blow rain or snow underneath it...
I like the stairs and ramps idea. In fact a catwalk along side would probably be the best ergonomic solution. It's crazy to learn of the difference between the states and BC. We are just now starting to sell these kind of applications with regularity. "Some" of the more professional outfits have had some kind of fall arrest system in place for a period of time (many are the old wire rope lifeline style), but we are just now getting calls from fairly large facilities that have absolutely nothing in place. A ladder and a prayer... A lot of calls are coming from Trailer refurbishing centers or RV manufacturers.
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:14 PM
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I'm curious why they would not just use a scissor lift to wash the trucks? Moves where you want, goes up and down, not terribly expensive to purchase or maintain.
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:21 PM
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I'm curious why they would not just use a scissor lift to wash the trucks? Moves where you want, goes up and down, not terribly expensive to purchase or maintain.
Now there you go thinking again....
These systems (fall restraint) only stop you from dying from a fall.

Not to help you climb up/down, or actually improve productivity...

If you slip off the ladder, or the top of truck, you finally
get stopped by the line, you get slammed into the side
of said truck....but you didn't hit the ground.
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:48 PM
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I fell once using a harness. Fell because I knew I had the harness and was not being careful. The wrench it put in my back convinced me to dump the harness and just be careful. Never fell again so it must have been the right thing to do.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:38 PM
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Now there you go thinking again....
These systems (fall restraint) only stop you from dying from a fall.

Not to help you climb up/down, or actually improve productivity...

If you slip off the ladder, or the top of truck, you finally
get stopped by the line, you get slammed into the side
of said truck....but you didn't hit the ground.
Last time I took a fall arrest course, they said a fall over 6 ft and you are write-off. A 6 ft fall exerts 2000lb of pressure on your body and more than that coming to a sudden stop will be real serious. They had us all in harness dangling from a tripod.
Fall arrest lanyards are suppose to be 1.5 meter only.
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You think one of those fancy restraint systems would have helped this guy?
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You think one of those fancy restraint systems would have helped this guy?
Bungee cords ...
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Bungee cords ...
No Pop, I would have to say the gentleman piloting said motorcycle
has just decided (at this very instant) that the warranty is now up on
his bike, and would like to depart from it, post haste....

"Leave it for some one else" comes to mind.
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