Industrial Safety Gates
What are Industrial Safety Gates?
Industrial safety gates are metal gates used to protect workers from potential hazards in and around a working environment. They are commonly used for fall protection; however, industrial safety gates are also effective in a variety of other working environments. Most industrial safety gates contain a spring-loaded self-closing hinge that automatically closing after a person has gone through the opening.
Where Are Industrial Safety Gates Commonly Used?
Industrial safety gates are used to protect areas with potential fall hazards, including:
- Guard towers
- Ladder access points
- Roof hatches
What Are Industrial Safety Gates Used For?
Industrial safety gates are commonly used to:
- Restrict or control access to dangerous e areas,
- Guard machinery, or;
- Manage pedestrian traffic.
Industrial safety gates are made to attach to various types of guardrail protection and ladder structures. If these gates are not installed and inspected properly, it could result in an employee sustaining serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of using an industrial safety gate, consult an experienced fall protection attorney today.
Are Industrial Safety Gates Required by Law?
While there are no regulations that specifically require the use of industrial safety gates, there are many regulations that require the type of protection these gates are more than qualified to provide. For example, OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.23(e)(3)(iii) requires that ‘all ladder stand platforms with a platform height above 10 feet (1.2 m to 3 m) have guardrails and toeboards on the exposed sides and ends of the platform.’
When an industrial safety gate is used on the exposed side of the platform, where the top of the ladder meets the platform, employees benefit from an extra layer of protection once stepping off the ladder. This simple protection can prevent serious industrial accidents and fatalities from occurring.
Talk to a Lawyer
Fall protection on job sites is vital to the safety and efficiency of a working environment. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers, we have been serving work accident victims and their families since 1979. Our experienced fall protection attorneys understand the dangers associated with these jobs and believe that negligent employers should be held liable when they do not take the necessary precautions to protect their workers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall or work-related accident, contact our office today. Our initial consultation is always free and if we do not make a recovery for you, you do not pay us a dime. Call (713) 932-0777 for more information.