On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3 PM (Eastern) / 2 PM (Central), Eric J. Conn, Head of the national OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker & Green will conduct a free webinar focused on OSHA’s enforcement landscape as it relates to work on top of rolling stock (specifically railcars) at grain elevator facilities.  This is the second in a series of OSHA law related webinars for the grain industry in conjunction with Grain Journal.

Whether it’s prepping cars down track away from the elevator, helping to guide a load out spout into a railcar, or allowing state or federal grain inspectors access to railcars for stowage inspections and sampling, there are numerous work activities
that require employees to stand on and walk between the tops of railcars.  With potentially miles of track where work may need to be done on top of the railcars, there often is no feasible way to provide anchor points to which employees can tie off fall protection over the tracks.

To complicate matters more, OSHA’s requirements regarding Railcar Fall Protection are among the most confusing and inconsistently enforced.  So what does the law require and how is OSHA treating this issue from an enforcement standpoint?  Get the answers to these questions and more during this webinar.  The webinar will:

  • Describe the history of OSHA enforcement as it relates to rolling stock fall protection, from the 1996 “Miles Memo” to the most recent court decisions upholding the Miles Memo;
  • Review OSHA’s active enforcement agenda that includes a targeting of railcar fall protection issues in the grain industry;
  • Discuss OSHA’s ongoing Walking & Working Surfaces rulemaking activity, which may introduce new railcar fall protection requirements; and
  • Forecast where we think OSHA is heading next, and what that means for your operations.

This is an audio broadcast with a live powerpoint presentation.  Audio will be available through your computer speakers or your telephone.  High-speed internet is required for this event.

To register for free, click here.

Any questions, call Grain Journal’s Webinar Manager Greg Sullivan at 800-728-7511.