Is A Catwalk A Requirement?

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Half Pint's Comment
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My truck had to go in the shop at one of our yards. While I was there I was talking to a new driver about his truck so we went over to have a look. I noticed, among other things, that he didn't have a catwalk...

Since a flatbedder uses the catwalk I would assume it's necessary but I don't know. I suggested he call securement at the main terminal because I didn't have an answer for him. Seems awfully dangerous not have one. I tried looking it up online for my own knowledge but I'm not having any luck with that.

Does anyone know for sure?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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My truck had to go in the shop at one of our yards. While I was there I was talking to a new driver about his truck so we went over to have a look. I noticed, among other things, that he didn't have a catwalk...

Since a flatbedder uses the catwalk I would assume it's necessary but I don't know. I suggested he call securement at the main terminal because I didn't have an answer for him. Seems awfully dangerous not have one. I tried looking it up online for my own knowledge but I'm not having any luck with that.

Does anyone know for sure?

Apparently not, as long as the air and electrical connections can be accessed from the ground. (I could definitely be wrong, but according to this, it is not required)

Read the regs yourself

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Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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OSHA also does not seem to require it, BUT if he fell and got hurt, they might well cite it as unsafe.

Half Pint's Comment
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Thank you for the link. I read them. If a person can reach the air lines to connect them that's a good thing. But reaching the chains and binders from the ground would require a really tall person.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thank you for the link. I read them. If a person can reach the air lines to connect them that's a good thing. But reaching the chains and binders from the ground would require a really tall person.

Agreed, that is why I said OSHA would likely cite them if he got hurt.

I would assume the shop would install one for a flatbedder.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Thank you for the link. I read them. If a person can reach the air lines to connect them that's a good thing. But reaching the chains and binders from the ground would require a really tall person.

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Agreed, that is why I said OSHA would likely cite them if he got hurt.

I would assume the shop would install one for a flatbedder.

Oddly enough, OSHA does not apply to flatbedders. If we're at a facility loading indoors, then it applies to the business and they will enforce those regulations but as far as us climbing around, checking this or that, we don't fall under those requirements. It seems odd but in some ways, it's probably good that we don't. The only reason I found out about this is because the company I'm with now teaches a fall protection and equipment course and that was part of the class.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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