Fall Protection for Railcars

Permanent and portable fall restraint and arrest systems for railcar loading and unloading. Turnkey design & installation. Expert Advice.

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Portable And Permanent Railcar Fall Protection

Protecting workers as they access the top of railcars and tankers is critical to having a safe, compliant, and trouble-free operation. Any unloading, loading, maintenance, or inspection activities on top of railcars and tankers are subject to the four-foot rule per OSHA regulations. Flexible Lifeline Systems provides a variety of railcar safety solutions to protect workers as they load, unload and inspect rolling stock.

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Your team was excellent, knowledgeable and very professional. The work schedule was planned for 4 plus weeks and your team completed the work in just over 2 weeks. Their workmanship is excellent; the communication was very good; their services were well provided; we were very satisfied. We will recommend FLS to others and will use FLS in the future.

Hazard Assessment & Structural Analysis

Flexible Lifeline Systems railcar protection solutions start with the customer. Our qualified persons evaluate the specific operations conducting at height and perform an ANSI Z359.2-2007 compliant fall hazard survey. When required our Certified Structural Engineers (with PE Stamps in most states) review the structure where fall systems are most likely to be installed.


We design without bias and take into account the unique requirements of our customers. Our design team of civil and structural engineers, AutoCAD designers and field engineers produce comprehensive design packages that include detail foundation drawings, structural steel design and a compliant fall protection solution in accordance with ANSI and OSHA requirements. Additionally, our engineers factor other elements such as local seismic and weather conditions into each design. Our design packages include track and structural layouts, vehicle and railcar positions along with a fully detailed fall protection solution.


Working near active railroads requires careful coordination, and in some cases special assurances. Our crews mobilize to site with all tools, safety and installation equipment. Each installation technician has extensive training in safety, equipment usage and construction techniques. Using our proprietary safety hazard assessment app, our crews perform a thorough pre installation safety evaluation each day to ensure all work is done safely. Our lead technicians have an average tenure with FLS of over 10 years. This experience is invaluable in the field when having competent, qualified and capable technicians working in an active work environment.


Every fall protection system must be inspected and serviced periodically or after a fall. Our field service team of coordinators, inspection technicians and engineers proactively work with our customers to keep their fall protection systems serviced and up to date with the latest standards and requirements.


Flexible Lifeline Systems ensures active fall protection systems stay in compliance through our annual system inspection services and 5-year full engineering/design review and recertification.

What types of fall protection are used on railcars?

Access platforms, gangways, Horizontal Lifelines, and Rigid Rail. The right solutions often depend on types of railcars and activities as well as site conditions, and interior or exterior location.

Osha Regulations for Railcar Fall Protection

Under OSHA’s requirements, all workers must have some form of fall protection while on railcars. OSHA requires fall protection for employees who work at elevation, defined as 4 feet per the OSHA 1910 standard for general industry and 6 feet per OSHA 1926 construction standards.