Fleet Fined $2,380 for Failure to Provide Safe Environment

Fleet Fined $2,380 for Failure to Provide Safe Environment
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How would being fined over $2,000 affect the way in which you view work place safety? Would you take measures to ensure you wouldn't accrue any further fines? That is exactly the situation a Birmingham, AL flatbed carrier is facing after an incident during a recent tarping operation. The carrier was cited by OSHA and assessed a $2,380 penalty.


OSHA states "ladders or fall protection for safe access when manual tarping operations are conducted for flatbed trailers" must be provided by the carrier. According to OSHA, employers are required to "furnish employment and a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees and that employees were exposed to fall hazards."


The need for a safe way to perform a manual tarping operation on flatbeds has never been greater. Using a flatbed ladder is a surefire way to ensure safety and comply with OSHA regulations. The Swing Down Step flatbed ladder offered by Unique Truck Equipment provides a safe access point for the tarping operation. With the option of an adjustable stake (part # 2500) which can be placed in an existing stake pocket or a solid stake (part # 2600) which comes with a mounting bracket, the Swing Down Step flatbed ladder works on any flatbed trailer. For those who desire an extra point of contact, a double handled version of the Swing Down Step flatbed ladder is available.


Providing a safe work environment for tarping operations not only keeps your employees safe, it keeps you out of OSHA's crosshairs. The investment in a Swing Down Step flatbed ladder can save you thousands in fines, workers compensation, and possible legal fees. For fleets who plan ahead and want to ensure a safe working environment, the Swing Down Step flatbed ladder is a must have.

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