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Toe Plate Requirements

Toe Plate Requirements

Toe Plate Requirements

There is a pipe penetration thru platform grating. Is toe plate required for this penetration? What are OSHA's requirements for toe plate in this case?

Ibro  V.
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RE: Toe Plate Requirements

I think that the purpose of a toe plate is to keep objects from falling through the hole as well as keep people from slipping under the mid-rail.  If the opening between the grating and the pipe is small enough you should be OK without a toe plate.  How large is the pipe and how large is the opening?

RE: Toe Plate Requirements

I would use banding on the grating. Also, as stated above, I would keep the gaps to minimum. A general rule that I used for many years is the COKE bottle (2 inch diameter sphere) should be able to fall through any gap.

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RE: Toe Plate Requirements

Here is what we follow:

For pipe penetration requring 6" dia clear opening or greater, use a 1/4" thick, 6" high collar band. For smaller openings weld a 1/4"x4 1/2" gelvanized checker plate split ring (horizontally)to the grating (around the pipe).

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