Going That Extra Inch with Extra Wide Safety Gates

Extra Wide Safety Gates

Implementing extra wide safety gates for fall protection is a crucial component to keeping your workers safe and you OSHA compliant. In some areas, a regular-sized safety gate will suffice, but in other places you will want to implement an extra wide safety gate for full fall protection. The size of the openings in areas like loading docks and mezzanines require a larger gate than the standard issue. These extra wide safety gates provide increased support, are easy-to-install and can be purchased to meet all general needs; custom safety gates can also be fabricated to meet your specific requirements. These safety gates can and should be used in all locations where workers are especially at risk and in need of fall protection.

Any location that requires a worker to transition from one level to another can be made more secure by installing an industrial safety gate. These safety gates should be made from the proper materials – carbon steel, aluminum and/or stainless steel.

Extra wide safety gates will provide increased fall protection and OSHA compliance in many ways. Avoid unnecessary employee injuries or fatalities and meet OSHA requirements by implementing these safety gates into all areas of your worksite that require fall protection. These areas include, but are not limited to: rooftops, mezzanines, loading docks, and work platforms.

Make sure all roof top access points are protected by installing an industrial safety gate. These access points include ladder openings, roof hatches, caged ladders, catwalks & other walkways, transition points, etc. Installing safety gates at these access points is required if you want to remain OSHA compliant. Not only that, but it should be considered a standard procedure when striving to create a safe and trusted environment for your workers. Many avoidable injuries have occurred from workers being too focused on their task at hand and simply backing into an unprotected opening.

Loading Docks
One of the top falling hazards is unprotected loading docks. These docks are most commonly placed between 48” and 52” above ground level, so an untrained individual will not consider it dangerous, and is also commonly overlooked as a serious OSHA violation. OSHA requires that all workers be protected from falling any time they are 4 feet or higher off the ground.

Installing extra wide safety gates on loading docks is a simple procedure and should not be overlooked. It’s also an extremely cost-effective way of implementing OSHA-compliant fall protection.

Mezzanine edges can and should also be protected with an extra wide safety gate, where access is required to transport material. There are a variety of different gate styles, which allow the gates to be opened horizontally or vertically to accommodate your facility’s needs.

Work Platforms
These come in a variety of different forms, each one requiring fall protection for workers. Some of these may have some sort of fall protection guardrail already installed if it was manufactured in recent years, but may still have some unprotected edges. Make these edges safer and OSHA compliant by installing an OSHA compliant safety gate.

Implementing extra wide safety gates into your warehouse, factory, or other worksite does not only give you OSHA compliance, it keeps your workers safe and prevents costly accidents from occurring. Give your workers a safer environment and avoid costly accidents by implementing extra wide safety gates into your work site.

Loading Dock Safety Gates Help Prevent Falls from Loading Docks

Loading Dock Safety Gates

Your employees deserve the best protection you can give them. Make sure you have loading dock safety gates in all areas.

There's nothing more important at your industrial workplace than the safety of your employees. This is a factor that needs to inform each and every one of your business’ decisions. Whether your workers are busy cataloging or retrieving items from high storage areas or engaged in some related, physical activity in an elevated space, one thing is clear: If you've got them up that far in height, there had better be an adequate means of protection in place.

It's Up to You to Prevent Falls from Loading Docks

Installing loading dock safety gates at your place of business is an excellent way to keep employees safe. This will keep workers from being exposed to falling risks that can occur around a loading area. Placing loading dock safety gates is the very best way to keep these areas as safe as possible so that no unfortunate mishaps will occur. They can be installed around a host of areas including stairs, access ladders, storage and loading platforms, and mezzanines; anywhere that an employee may be exposed to an unprotected edge.

Safety in the Workplace Should Be Your Number One Goal

It goes without saying that safety in the workplace should be your most important goal. Our line of safety gates is designed to provide complete security at all of the critical areas in your workplace so that no mishaps can occur. These industrial safety gates have been specially constructed of top quality materials.

Our Safety Gates are Designed to Meet OSHA Standards

All of our loading dock safety gates have been specially designed to install in a quick and easy manner with the standard tools you should have around your facilities. And each safety gate is meticulously manufactured to meet the most up to date OSHA fall protection standards. You need not worry about the safety of your employees once these long lasting gates are installed at critical areas in your workplace.

Contact Us Today to Learn More About Loading Dock Safety Gates

Our loading dock safety gates are not only manufactured to meet the strictest modern safety standards but are also designed to be as long lasting and affordable as possible. Contact us today in order to learn more about our loading dock safety gates and other fall protection products and what they can do on your behalf.

Mezzanine Safety Gates Help Keep Mezzanines Safe for Workers

Mezzanine Safety Gates

Keeping workers safe should be a number one priority for any business. Your employees are trusting you with their safety. Preventable accidents cost companies billions of dollars every year. According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, falls to a lower level accounted for 9.2% of injuries and cost companies close to 5.5 billion dollars. These falls likely could have been prevented with mezzanine safety gates.

Employees, especially those in manufacturing, loading, unloading and material handling are at risk of preventable falls when they are on the job. OSHA and IBC have come up with a set of regulations to help prevent falls and keep workers safe.

Your Employees’ safety is your greatest responsibility

Companies are responsible for the safety of their crews and are tasked with installing appropriate safety measures. This means finding and installing the right safety gate before an accident happens. Employers should familiarize themselves with the OSHA requirements necessary to meet standards and protect their employees.

Fabenco Mezzanine Safety Gates

As a leader in the manufacturing of mezzanine safety gates, we at Fabenco have consistently been the one-stop shop for the best quality, American made safety products for businesses. We keep up to date on OSHA fall protection compliance so our customers don’t have too.

Fabenco produces two mezzanine safety gates for specific needs:

Mezzanine Pivot Safety Gates
The Mezzanine Pivot Safety Gates protect employees in elevated mezzanine loading areas by using a counterbalanced gate that ensures one gate is always between your employees and the edge of the platform. Available in single or double palette widths, our pivot gates are built with efficiency in mind, ship smart and can be assembled with basic tools. The pivot gate is available in carbon steel—either carbonized or powder coated in safety yellow. This gate meets or exceeds OSHA, IBC and ANSI standards and is a great option for maintaining the safety of your workers!

Mezzanine Clear Height Safety Gate
Not all situations are the same when it comes to safety and if you are dealing with the potential for tall loads, then your needs might be different. Our Clear Height Safety Gate protects employees in elevated mezzanine loading areas with no height restrictions to accommodate tall loads. Just like our pivot safety gates, the clear height gate uses counterbalanced gates to ensure that there is always one gate between your employees and the leading edge. This gate will allow loading and unloading of materials—including tall loads while continuing to keep you safe. This gate meets or exceeds OSHA, IBC, and ANSI standards and is available in galvanized or powder coated safety yellow carbon steel.

Fabenco is proud to have been providing fall protection to our customers for over 45 years. Our products are always easy to install and meet all the necessary OSHA, IBC and ANSI standards. If you don’t see mezzanine safety gates that meet your needs, Fabenco can develop a custom model to match your particular situation.

Using Self Closing Gates to Secure Staircases and Stairwells in Your Facility

Self Closing Gate for Stairwells

In the past, companies may have put up a chain and a sign to signal that there was a potential fall danger at an opening. However, as many people have found out the hard way, chains have a high failure rate due to their reliance on a person to open and close them, as well as being overall more dangerous due to the highly exposed opening. Enter the self-closing industrial safety gate. Built to comply with the most up to date OSHA regulations, these self closing gates use a spring-loaded mechanism that automatically closes behind the person who moves through the gate.

If you’ve been tasked with updating the fall protection systems in your facility to meet OSHA or similar requirements, then self-closing gates should be high on your list.

Why Safety Gates?
Workers have a lot going on when they are on the job. They might be performing several detailed tasks at once or using 100% of their attention to performing a particular job. Having to balance these duties with the additional burden of keeping themselves safe leaves too much room for error. Safety gates do double duty of protecting workers from unnecessary falls and providing a layer of self-awareness as they go about their job.

Where are self-closing safety gates useful?
It’s not always obvious which areas of your facility require fall protection. Some of these areas may have had little to no protection in the past, but are in need of getting a safety upgrade.

  • Stair Openings:  One of the most common usages for self closing gates is at stair entrances. Stair falls happen all the time and these safety gates help prevent unnecessary damages.
  • Ladder Openings:  Maybe because we use ladders so often in manufacturing and industrial settings, the danger of an unprotected ladder opening often is overlooked. However, leaving a ladder without a safety gate doesn't get the job of fall protection done. Self closing gates are a perfect solution in this situation and require very little effort to install and use.
  • Roof Hatch Openings:  In addition to the necessary guardrail, self-closing safety gates allow for the safe and efficient entrance and exit of roof hatch opening.
  • Hazardous Areas:  When an area has been partitioned off due to potentially hazardous circumstances, a safety gate is a perfect way to not only prevent unnecessary falls but can also raise psychological awareness that the area requires a different level of safety awareness.
  • Special or Safe walking areas:  Not only do self closing gates allow for the safe entrance and exit on a demarcated walking path, they also send a signal that the person is entering or exiting a unique walking area, amping up their overall awareness.

At Fabenco, our safety gates are built in America to the highest standards and with only the highest quality materials available. Our gates ship quickly and are a breeze to install with tools you’ll already have on hand. Adding self closing gates is an easy upgrade to make as you work to maintain OSHA, ANSI and IBC compliance.

Updates for 2017: What You Need to Know About OSHA Compliant Safety Gates

OSHA Compliant Safety Gates

Almost 50 years ago, OSHA was enacted in an effort to eliminate workplace injury, illness, and death risks. Since then, safe work practices have risen noticeably. Workers are now trained to follow safety policies according to OSHA’s regulations. But OSHA isn’t just about training employees to recognize and reduce safety hazards. It’s also about providing safe equipment – such as OSHA compliant safety gates - and tools to all employees in every industry.

OSHA Fall Protection Compliance

Serious injuries or even death can occur if a worker falls from a high place. Mezzanines, raised loading docks, holes in floors, and other situations can lead to increased fall risks. In fact, it’s one of the most common causes of serious work-related injuries. Falls are a major risk in warehouses, construction sites, and more.

It’s the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe workplace that reduces or eliminates the risk of falling. OSHA requires employers to provide safety and protective equipment free of charge to its workers.

Depending on the industry, an employer must provide OSHA fall protection if the elevation is higher than 4 feet. And if there is dangerous equipment and machinery involved, machine guarding and/or fall protection is required regardless of the elevation.

Fall protection equipment includes the following: floor hole covers, guardrails and railings, safety gates, toe-boards, stair railings, hand rails, and sometimes safety harness and line or safety nets.

OSHA Compliant Safety Gates

While the other types of equipment are important, we’re here to talk about safety gates. OSHA safety gates are necessary in a number of situations: where pedestrian traffic needs to be managed, where access control and security is needed, and where OSHA compliant safety gates are required.

Many industrial and commercial workplaces have raised work areas such as mezzanines, platforms, catwalks, and other areas where a person could potentially fall and become injured. Guardrails and gates are one of the first lines of defense. OSHA compliant safety gates, where required, are used to prevent workers from falling down stairs or through ladder openings.

You can’t just purchase or construct any guardrail or gate - it has to follow OSHA’s specific guidelines for height, strength, installation, materials, etc. Details can be found in the guidelines at www.osha.gov.

About Fabenco
In 1972, just two years after OSHA was enacted, Fabenco created its first safety gate. Fabenco safety gates all meet or exceed OSHA standards for safety. We’ve sold over 600,000 self-closing industrial safety gates over the last few decades, and we continue to offer new options to fit your facility. We can even make a custom gate for a hard-to-fit area. Our gates are easy to install and they ship straight from our facilities to your door. Give us a call today or order online if you’re in the market for an OSHA compliant safety gate.