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How to Find the Right Railcar Fall Protection System

Many factors can influence the type of fall protection your railyard and worksite will need to keep your employees safe. However, you don’t have to struggle alone with finding the right railcar fall protection system for your business; Northern Platforms is here to help! With decades of experience assisting railyards and worksites in crafting the best fall protection system for their needs, our team has the experience and knowledge to ensure your site is safe and compliant with local safety regulations. Keep reading to learn more about determining the right railcar fall protection system for your site and how Northern Platforms can help!

Understand Your Site

Your rail yard is unique, so when selecting the best railcar fall protection system, you first need to understand your site. Below are a few questions to ask yourself about your worksite before investing in a railcar fall protection system:

  • What type and size of railcars are you loading and unloading?
  • Are your railcars hauling something that requires specific safety precautions (such as Hydrogen moving as Ammonia)?
  • How large is your worksite?
  • Do you need active or passive fall protection or both?
  • What is the fall risk, where is the fall risk, and at what height?
  • Are there specific railcar fall protection systems already in place?
  • How are you currently moving railcars in and out of your loading racks?

Each of your answers to the above questions will influence the outcome of your fall protection system. By knowing the answers to these questions before you begin your search, the team at Northern Platforms can help you determine the optimal system for your site. If you’re still unsure about the answers to these questions. Then the Northern Platforms team can visit your site to determine the best railcar fall protection system. Our team has decades of experience in railcar loading and fall protection, so you can rest assured knowing that you have a team of experts helping you.

Find the Right Fit

Part of the reason implementing a railcar fall protection system can be challenging is that there is no one “best solution.” Every railyard and worksite is unique and will require different fall protection systems depending on what’s going on with their site. At Northern Platforms, one of our highly experienced fall protection experts can visit your site and perform fall protection system assessments. That means we’ll check out your worksite, ask you a few questions, and work with you to create the best railcar fall protection system for your location.

Some worksites will require different types of railcar fall protection simply due to the nature of their work, the materials they are loading and unloading or industry-specific safety standards. That could mean investing in gangways and safety cages, loading arms, spill containment racks pans or safety showers. At Northern Platforms, our team will work closely with you to ensure you’re investing in the right railcar fall protection system for your worksite. With years of experience working with those in the railroad and railcar industry Northern Platforms is here to help you find the right fit for your fall protection needs.

Get Expert Assistance

As we’ve discussed, setting up the right railcar fall protection system includes a few challenges that may require expert advice. Fortunately, Northern Platforms is here to help! We stock high-quality, dependable, and innovative equipment to ensure your team is safe when working around railcars. Our team of fall protection experts can assist you in determining the best railcar fall protection system for your site. Some equipment we may recommend include the following:

  • Access Gangways and Tracking Gangway Systems
  • Safety Cages
  • Dry Disconnect Fittings
  • Spill Containment Equipment
  • Safety Showers
  • Loading Arms
  • Operator Buildings
  • And More

If your current railcar fall protection system is out of date or damaged, Northern Platforms is here to help! Our team can work with you to ensure your worksite is safe and compliant with OHSA and OH&S safety standards. With powerful digital tools, our team can make a configuration mock-up so you can see how our recommendations will fall into place. When you need railcar fall protection systems, trust the experts at Northern Platforms!

Northern Platforms Railcar Fall Protection and More!

Northern Platforms has been your leading Canadian supplier of railcar fall protection systems like SafeRack, YellowGate, ErectaStep and more for over two decades! As a family-owned and operated business, we strive to provide our customers with the safety solutions they need to keep their staff safe. Regardless of what your railcars are hauling, Northern Platforms has the necessary access and fall protection systems! Contact us today to learn more about setting up a new fall protection system at your worksite.