OSHA advises drivers to protect themselves from falling in the event that they would have to adjust, tarp, or remove tarp from a load.
In order to protect oneself, drivers could utilize a beam and trolley system, an automated tarping system, horizontal lifeline systems, access platforms, or personal fall-arrest/restraint gear. The driver’s employer is responsible for providing appropriate fall protection.
OSHA also advises that it’s best to use systems that keep the driver off of the truck – eliminating the chances of a fall altogether.
In the event that a driver is working at a host employer’s facility, the fixed-site employer is responsible for providing fall-protection for drivers on-site, and those untarping, or tarping loads.
If fall protection systems are not readily accessible – such as when a driver is on the road, OSHA urges that worker use safe practices.
- If you’re working 10 feet or more above the lower level, you’ll want to use a fall-protection system.
- You’ll also want to utilize a fall-protection system if you’re working above dangerous equipment.
- Use a ladder to get on top of the load.
- Wear non-skid shoes.
- Do not lift with your back.
- Watch out for gaps and cracks on the top of the load to prevent tripping.
- Remain close to the load’s centerline while unrolling a tarp.
- Be sure that the tarp meets the deck if tie-downs are worn or damaged.
- Properly roll tarps to make them easier to handle.
- Pull into a safe area (not on the side of the road).
- Unroll the tarp from the end of the load, so that you can push the tarp forward.
- Have a forklift operator load the tarps.