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Bins, Bunkers, Hoppers, and Fuel Houses
Workers may be injured due to slips and falls associated with open bins, bunkers, or hoppers. Workers may also become injured if equipment becomes unstable. This section covers the necessary controls that should be used to prevent this type of injury.
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Bins, Bunkers, Hoppers, and Fuel Houses Top

Workers may fall into open bins, bunkers, or hoppers if hand rails or platforms are not in place, or if the lighting, exits, or other safety devices are not adequate. Workers may also become injured if equipment becomes unstable due to lack of guard rails or bumper stops.

Open bins, bunkers, and hoppers with upper edges less than three feet above the working level must be equipped with standard handrails and toe boards, or have their tops covered by a substantial grill or grating. 1910.265(c)(23)(i) Where automotive or other wheeled equipment is used to move materials into bins, bunkers, and hoppers, adequate guard rails must be installed along each side of the runway, and a substantial bumper stop installed when necessary. 1910.265(c)(23)(ii)

Fuel houses and bins need to have adequate exits and lighting, and all necessary safety devices. 1910.265(c)(23)(iii)

Where needed, fuel houses and bins must have a standard railed platform or walkway near the top. 1910.265(c)(23)(iv)

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