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Keep Workers At Floor Level Safe From Falling Objects With Kickplates On Pick Modules

Installed on elevated work platforms, pick module walkways, and rack supported platforms, kickplates (also called toe boards or toe guards) protect associates working at floor level from objects that may slide or fall off the structure overhead. These vertical plates extend upward at the edge of the platform’s floor surface and prevent loose items from falling off the edge, potentially hitting personnel on the floor below. They are typically non-perforated, solid steel plates.

Installation guidelines are offered in two separate ANSI publications: RMI’s ANSI MH16.1: Specification for the Design, Testing and Utilization of Industrial Steel Storage Racks and ANSI MH32.1: Stairs, Ladders, and Open-Edge Guards for Use with Material Handling Structures, which was developed by RMI in partnership with the Storage Manufacturers Association (SMA). Additionally, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) 1910.29: Fall Protection Systems and Falling Object Protection-Criteria and Practices, section 1910.29(k) includes specifications for toe boards.

Per ANSI MH16.1, kickplates must extend a minimum of 3.5 inches above the platform floor surface. The same specification calls for kickplates to be installed at the sides of pallet drop locations, as well as at any other location within the elevated work platform’s configuration where personnel on the floor might be struck by a falling object.

Kickplates are not required at picking locations, or where rack frame bracing or other structural components—such as shelf decking or safety flooring—are located next to the floor’s edge. Additionally, they are not required around conveyor path floor openings if their presence interferes with the efficient removal of trash.

Looking for more information about protection for rack supported platforms and pick module walkways? Download the ANSI MH16.1: Specification for the Design, Testing and Utilization of Industrial Steel Storage Racks.