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Understanding The Fall Protection Course

While it is important for your employees to go for a fall protection course, many companies usually fail to enforce this rule. Each year, thousands of people suffer injuries brought about by falls while in the working place. Over 10,000 cases usually end up in deaths -which is more expensive for the company. Avoiding these expenses brought about by falls in companies requires that you take your employees through a fall protection training course.

There are many things covered in a fall protection training course. Since companies are not similar some of the things are categorized into packages that suit a particular industry. These categories ensure that your employees are only educated about things that they need to know. Among the things taught in fall protection cases include:

Potential workplace hazards

It is necessary that you take the time to know areas that are prone to accidents. Employees should know of the locations, conditions, and situations that might make it possible for accidents to happen at the company. Once these areas have been identified, it becomes easy to prepare so that you can avoid falls. There are many methods that you can use in the preparation and they will be explained during the training.

Fall protection training

In this section, your employees are guided into the need for proper fall protection equipment and ensuring that they make good use of it. Many employees don't know how to use equipment properly and this makes them prone to injuries. When they are enrolled in an OSHA training course, they will know specifications needed to handle certain equipment and how they can do it without exposing themselves to accidents.

Usage and knowledge

Equipment such as safety harnesses and lanyards with mezzanine safety gates are known to be types of PPC that can be implemented and their use learnt through proper training. You should understand how vital it is to train your staff so that they can use this equipment in the best way possible. Always remember that common sense goes a long way. Many of the times, employees tend to ignore common signs like those indicating a wet floor and end up getting serious injuries due to ignorance. However, through education these instances can be avoided.

As an employer, you need to know where fall arrest equipment like loading dock gates is necessary and when it cannot be used. It is important that your company provides clear rules regarding the use of safety equipment to help prevent accidents. In addition, you need to implement rules that require employees to follow the requirements of the protection plan since this rule has been responsible for saving thousands of lives at the workplace.

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Safety of Active Systems and Mezzanine Gates

One of the easy ways in which you can double your warehousing area is by adding mezzanines. However, the mezzanines bring about various challenges. The last thing you want is to wholly concentrate on the mezzanines while ignoring the safety of your workers.

There are various solutions you can implement to improve the safety of the mezzanines like loading dock safety gates. The solutions come in a wide range of prices and safety. Read on to find out the pros and cons of the main types of safety gates you can install for your mezzanine.


Some businesses prefer an active system, such as anchors with tie-offs. These systems are convenient and affordable. However, the requirements of using the systems are quite different from that of a Mezzanine gate and other passive fall protection systems.

It is easy to end up incorrectly using active mezzanine gate systems. This is why employees have to be specially trained to use them. When lifelines are being used while trying to unload and move product on mezzanine, the lines can easy get entangled in the product, leading to potential hazards and loss of productivity.

Active systems also have to be inspected and re-certified every year. The engineering of the systems has to be carried out by a professional certified by the building and construction authority. Prior to engineering the system, the professional should have a well-thought out rescue plan.

In the long run, using a mezzanine gate will be less expensive, more productive and safer.


The horizontal opening gate is the simplest and most common type of mezzanine gate. When the gate is closed, it functions as a part of your guardrail system. When you want to open the gate, it will roll back around the ground, leaving a gap for loading and unloading.

One of the advantages of an open gate system is that it can be easily customized to accommodate any wide opening that may be needed for your application.

However, there are a number of safety drawbacks you should be aware of regarding the design of the horizontal opening gate. For example, when the gate is open and a worker gets too close, it is like having no railing system or protection. Workers who take shortcuts when unloading pellets before closing the gate also face the same danger.

Before choosing any safety gate, you should know its pros and cons. The above is an overview of active systems and mezzanine gate.

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Tips And Tricks When Choosing Mezzanine Safety Gates

Adding a mezzanine floor to handle additional storage needs is a smart move. For those in the manufacturing, packaging or warehouse business, mezzanines present a horde of benefits as well as hazards. These platforms can be high up from ground level making it crucial to have safety gates attached to avoid injuries, fatalities or property damage. It's one thing to invest in fall prevention fittings, but it's another to know how to go about it smoothly. Having appropriate safety dock gates is crucial, and there is need to know how to procure them.

Before you pick safety gates from your dealer or suppliers, you need to be sure that you are buying high-quality products. Some resellers will offer cheap gates made out of weak materials. In the event of an accident, such gates might not hold, and they might snap. The best gates should come with strong locking mechanisms, and they should be tested before they are installed. There is need to consult a manufacturer or a dealer to help you pick the right fittings. The work environment substantially determines the type of gate material to purchase, and you need to make sure that they are a good fit.

Before you purchase and install safety mezzanine gates, it's advisable to consider the size of the openings up there. You have the prerogative to pick different gate sizes as long as they will secure the openings on the mezzanine. It's advisable that you take the time to research more on the various gate designs and styles such as swing, vertical, lift and pivot gates among others. If you know the pros and cons, and their suitability for your operations or applications, it won't be difficult to get the ideal gate.

Testing mezzanine safety is more than essential. You need or know that you are investing in a barrier that will keep accidents at bay. There are standard regulations that stipulate how these gates should be mounted. If they are highly visible compared to the rest of the fall protection railings, your workers will be more alert when working up there. Remember, even though you have invested in quality safety gates, they will be in vain if they are installed wrongly.  Your worker's safety depends on these gates, and it's crucial that you have a qualified installer on the job. If you don't have an in-house installer, it's advisable to hire renowned mezzanine installation experts.
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