Aldon Company, Inc

Aldon Company, Inc
Manufacturers of Rail Safety Products Since 1904

847.623.8800

OSHA Regulations

for Industrial Railroad Operations, Truck Dock Safety, and Overhead Cranes

Loading & Unloading Box Cars

1910.178(m)(6) as amended by OSHA Program Directive #100-63 (10/78) ...

When a powered industrial truck is used to open freight car doors, and the truck is using an attached device specifically designed to open car doors, the violation of that part of 29 CFR 191 0.178(m)(6) shall be considered “de minimus,” when the following requirements have been met:

a. The design of the door opening device shall require the force applied by the device to the door to be in a direction parallel with the door travel.

b. The operator is trained in the use of the door opening device and keeps the operation in full view.

c. Employees, other than the operator, stand clear while the door is being moved.

Aldon® products to use: Easy-Slide or Aldor

Loading Pulp and Paper Cars

1910.261(c) ...

(4) Handling pulpwood from flatcars and all other railway cars.

(V) Flatcars and all other cars shall be chocked during unloading. Where equipment is not provided with hand brakes, rail damping chocks shall be used.

(vi) A derail shall be used to prevent movement of other rail equipment into cars where persons are working.

Aldon® products to use: Wheel Chocks, Derails, and Car Blocks

Loading Tank Cars

1910.111(b) ...

(iii) Caution signs shall be so placed on the track or car as to give necessary warning to persons approaching the car from open end or ends of siding and shall be left up until after the car is unloaded and disconnected from discharge connections. Signs shall be of metal or other suitable material, at least 12 by 15 inches in size and bear the words ‘’STOP-Tank Car Connected” or ‘’STOP-­Men at Work” the word, “STOP,’ being in letters at least 4 inches high and the other words in letters at least 2 inches high.

(iv) The track of a tank car siding shall be substantially level.

(v) Brakes shall be set and wheels blocked on all cars being unloaded.

1910.110(b)(15) ...

(iii) While cars are on sidetrack for loading or unloading, the wheels at both ends shall be blocked on the rails.

Aldon® products to use: Wheel Chocks, Blue Flag Signs, Car Blocks, and Derails

Freight Cars in General

1910.178(k)

(2) Wheel stops or other recognized positive protection shall be provided to prevent railroad cars from moving during loading or unloading operations.

(4) Positive protection shall be provided to prevent railroad cars from being moved while dockboards or bridge plates are in position.

1910.178(m) ...

(7) Brakes shall be set and wheel blocks shall be in place to prevent movement of trucks, trailers, or railroad cars while loading or unloading.

1910.30(a) ...

(5) Positive protection shall be provided to prevent railroad cars from being moved while dockboards or bridge plates are in position.

1910.176 ...

(f) Rolling railroad cars. Derail and/or bumper blocks shall be provided on spur railroad tracks where a rolling car could contact other cars being worked, enter a building, work or traffic area.

Aldon® products to use: Wheel Chocks, Blue Flag Signs, Car Blocks, and Derails

Signs & Lights

1910.261(c) ...

(9) Traffic warning signs or signals. The blue flag policy shall be used to mark stationary cars day and night. This policy shall include marking the track in advance of the spotted cars (flag for daytime, light for darkness).

(ii) After cars are spotted for loading or unloading, warning flags or signs shall be placed in the center of the track at least 50 feet away from the cars and a derail set to protect workmen in the car.

Aldon® products to use: Blue Flag Signs, and Lights


Loading & Unloading Semi-Trailers

1910.178(k)

(1) The brakes of highway trucks shall be set and wheel chocks placed under the rear wheels to prevent the trucks from rolling while they are boarded with powered industrial trucks.

(3) Fixed jacks may be necessary to support a semitrailer and prevent upending during the loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor.

1910.178(m) ...

(7) Brakes shall be set and wheel blocks shall be in place to prevent movement of trucks, trailers, or railroad cars while loading or unloading. Fixed jacks may be necessary to support a semitrailer during loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor.

1910.111(f) ...

(9) Chock blocks. At least two chock blocks shall be provided. These blocks shall be placed to prevent rolling of the vehicle whenever it is parked during loading and unloading operations.

1910.261(c) ...

(7) Handling pulp chips from trucks and trailers. i) All trucks and trailers shall be securely fastened in place and all employees in the clear before dumping is started.

Aldon® products to use: Wheel Blocks and Trailer Stabilizing Jacks


Single or Multiple Crane Operations

1910.179(e) ...

(ii) Stops shall be fastened to resist forces applied when contacted.

(iii) A stop engaging the tread of the wheel shall be of a height at least equal to the radius of the wheel.

(e) Where other cranes are in operation on the same runway, rail stops or other suitable means shall be provided to prevent interference with the idle crane

Aldon® products to use: Portable Crane Stops