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According to OSHA guidelines, trailers which are unattached should be stabilized by two trailer jack stands, which helps minimize tipping hazards. It's important to know that spotted or dropped trailers are more susceptible to "trailer creep".
Loading/Unloading operations can cause shifting weight in the trailer and you will need the trailer jack stands to insure stability for the duration of the load or unload. When you are creating your safety requirements in this area, remember to train anyone who may come within range of this operation, not just those in the immediate area. Many workplace injuries occur because employees aren't familiar with certain areas.
QUESTION: WHEN JACK STANDS ARE USED UNDER A EMPTY
53 FOOT TRAILER WHEN LOADING OR UNLOADING, IS IT A OSHA REQUIREMENT TO HAVE THE JACK STAND SNUG UNDER THE CARRIAGE OF THE TRAILER TO PREVENT TIPPING. IF A JACK STAND IS PLACED SNUG, THEN THE WEIGHT OF THE TRAILER AFTER LOADING WILL COMPRESS THE STAND AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO REMOVE. WE USUALLY LEAVE ABOUT 1-2 INCHES BETWEEN TO ALLOW FOR THE TRAILER TO SETTLE. IS THIS ACCEPTABLE?