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Outdoor Freestanding

Railcar / Tanker / Hopper / Grain
Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System
Most hopper, bulk and tanker railcar loading applications are outdoors in areas of heavy forklift and people traffic. We have been able to address these challenges and comply with OSHA using custom-designed freestanding Outdoor Railcar Fall Arrest Systems.
CAI Safety Systems can provide a freestanding anchor fall arrest system that is easy to use and tailored to your application. All our railcar fall protection systems are OSHA and ANSI compliant. For more information about the capabilities available with the outdoor freestanding railcar system, please scroll down below.

Fall Protection Challenge

Users, who work on top of tanker, hopper grain, and gondola railcars, are often outdoors with no overhead structure. External factors like wind and rain further compound the fall hazard faced by these workers. With no overhead structure to anchor a fall protection system and a busy loading or work area an experienced partner in fall protection is a must.

Fall Protection Solution

CAI Safety Systems offers custom freestanding anchor to support a Fall Arrest System that will provide the extent of railcar coverage you need with minimal interference to your other loading or work operations. Our freestanding anchors and cable or rigid horizontal lifelines meet OSHA and ANSI fall protection requirements.

Features & Benefits
Outdoor Freestanding for Truck


CAI’s freestanding fall protection system is supported from concrete piers. This engineered approach gives you the option of having an outdoor fall arrest system that supports your Railcar loading needs.

Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System


If your railcars are serviced over a curved track we have a solution. Our fall protection system can be configured to offer strategically placed anchors around your railcar track allowing us to match the fall arrest cable horizontal lifeline system with the radius of your track.

Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System


Once on top of the Railcar the user is able to walk uninterrupted the length of the horizontal lifeline or crouch down with no restriction on movement. Pass-through features on cable systems means you only tie-off once and then walk the full span of the horizontal lifeline.

Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System


Our “T Anchor” design allows for the placement of the fall protection system between the rail tracks thus having the capability of two fall protection systems with a common anchor system.

Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System


CAI’s freestanding fall arrest anchors are designed to comply with the railroad minimum clearance requirements.

Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System


To reduce field assembly time, our fall protection products are shipped fabricated with detailed assembly instructions. Assembly comprises of steel erection with bolting and clamping of the major components.

Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System


We have an in-house team to engineer and manufacture the freestanding fall arrest system. This means we can monitor the QA and QC throughout the process to make sure the product delivered to your doorstep is safe and meets your specification needs.

Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System


Often the need to service railcars on two parallel tracks creates a dilemma if there is no space to place the anchor between tracks. CAI has developed a solution by placing this anchor on the outside of one track AND then cantilevering over both tracks thereby providing a means for suspending an anchor point or horizontal lifeline over each railcar track.

Choices for an Outdoor Freestanding System

A fall protection expert will guide you in the proper selections of the anchor, horizontal lifeline and custom features to make sure that you have the right fall protection system for your railcar loading needs.

Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System
Outdoor Freestanding for Truck


We offer fall arrest anchors to cover everything from a single hatch tanker car, a sixty foot hopper or several hundred feet of hopper railcars.

Outdoor Freestanding Railcar System
Outdoor Freestanding for Truck


Our anchors can be customized to support one application or two applications in parallel. We can custom design our anchors to be placed on the side or between tracks.

Single Hatch Access Platform with Gangway
Access Gangways


We can retrofit our anchors to support a staircase with platform and gangway to provide safe passage to the top of the railcar. By integrating the method of access and fall protection with our freestanding fall protection system we save you space and money.

Overhead Outdoor Freestanding System Fall Arrest Anchor: The freestanding anchor provides an overhead means of tie-off to reduce the chances of a swing fall and fall distance.
Retrieval System: Safety starts at the ground level. Our pulley retrieval system allows the user to access the fall arrest system before even attempting to climb the vehicle or equipment that is going to be worked on.
Horizontal Lifeline: This is a rigid track or stainless steel cable lifeline that runs the desired length to allow the user to have access to the work area.
Connecting Means: A trolley that is designed to glide over the rigid or cable horizontal lifeline system. This feature keeps the fall arrest system directly above the user to reduce the chances of a swing fall.
Fall Arrest Device: The self-retracting lifeline is utilized to reduce the arresting forces of the fall on the user and minimize the fall distance.
Full Body Harness: Only a full body harness can be used in a fall arrest system such as the freestanding fall protection system. The harness reduces the forces of the fall on the body and also keeps the user in an upright position when properly worn.

We offer standard models to handle most outdoor fall protection applications as described in the table below. Custom models are also available just contact us and let us quote you a system to meet your needs.

Single Systems (L-Shaped):

Reference Layout Model Numbers Coverage Ideal Applications Drawings
Outdoor Freestanding L-Shaped - Reference Chart CA111760 5 feet Single hatch tanker railcar drawing coming soon
CA111764 70 feet Hopper or gondola railcar icon


Dual Systems (T-Shaped):

Reference Layout Model Numbers Coverage Ideal Applications Drawings
Outdoor Freestanding T-Shaped - Reference Chart CA111765 5 feet Single hatch tanker railcar drawings coming soon
CA111769 70 feet Hopper or gondola railcar icon
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