Don't cage me in.

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Don't cage me in.
Posted by Murphy Siding on Saturday, November 11, 2017 11:04 PM

https://www.google.com/maps/@43.587542,-96.7231792,3a,21.8y,1.18h,87.18t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1skcRma6wUWRD_5CBWAMz0HQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656




 

      I hope this works....

     The above link should put you at a Google maps location of 386 East Benson Road, Sioux Falls, S.D., looking north. There is a stub spur that ends right there. There is a row of high fence on the right side that perhaps curves over the top of the tracks a bit. What is that fence for?


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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, November 11, 2017 11:11 PM

I would suspect that rather than being for a fence, those poles would support a safety line for crews working on top of cars.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Saturday, November 11, 2017 11:20 PM

     Perhaps. Wouldn't that have some sort of horizontal rail between posts to tie off to? The business to the left is a cardboard box company that gets boxcars of cardboard in. The one to the right is a manufacturer of industrial fans. I believe the silos are from a previous tenant. I'm not sure what type of cars or products would require the safety lines for crews unloading.

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, November 11, 2017 11:23 PM

There may have been something like a rail system there - I certainly don't know as I've never been there....

Any car which would potentially require workers to be on top (covered hoppers and tank cars) would require fall protection.

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Posted by ruderunner on Sunday, November 12, 2017 5:52 AM

im thinking that may be a catch fence for loading gondolas or hoppers with cardboard scrap from the box company.  Judging by the bent fence on the left side, it sure looks like some sort of equipment hit it a few times. Perhaps a front end loader?

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Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, November 12, 2017 7:04 AM

Somewhere in my photos I have a picture of a guy atop a covered hopper loading grain. He is wearing a tether to prevent him from falling should he make a misstep. It only stands to reason that employers should be required to provide such protection.

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Posted by edblysard on Sunday, November 12, 2017 7:49 AM

Looks like they unloaded plastic pellets there into trucks....and it does look like a safety harness tie off.

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Posted by jeffhergert on Sunday, November 12, 2017 9:54 AM

Murphy Siding

     Perhaps. Wouldn't that have some sort of horizontal rail between posts to tie off to? The business to the left is a cardboard box company that gets boxcars of cardboard in. The one to the right is a manufacturer of industrial fans. I believe the silos are from a previous tenant. I'm not sure what type of cars or products would require the safety lines for crews unloading.

 

Moving the view around and looking from different angles, it looks like there is something running horizontal at the top.  It certainly isn't like the heavy duty rigs I've seen elsewhere.  

If the building was previously used by a different manufacturer, perhaps it's leftover from that previous use.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Sunday, November 12, 2017 8:06 PM

jeffhergert

 

 
Murphy Siding

     Perhaps. Wouldn't that have some sort of horizontal rail between posts to tie off to? The business to the left is a cardboard box company that gets boxcars of cardboard in. The one to the right is a manufacturer of industrial fans. I believe the silos are from a previous tenant. I'm not sure what type of cars or products would require the safety lines for crews unloading.

 

 

 

Moving the view around and looking from different angles, it looks like there is something running horizontal at the top.  It certainly isn't like the heavy duty rigs I've seen elsewhere.  

If the building was previously used by a different manufacturer, perhaps it's leftover from that previous use.

Jeff  

 

I went back and played around with the views and I can see it now, especially in the straight overhead view.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Sunday, November 12, 2017 8:07 PM

edblysard

Looks like they unloaded plastic pellets there into trucks....and it does look like a safety harness tie off.

 

I did some reasearch and found the building to the right used to be home to Bedford Plastics, who made solid things out of plastic, like parking lot curb stops.

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, November 13, 2017 7:05 AM

jeffhergert
It certainly isn't like the heavy duty rigs I've seen elsewhere.

It may have been an early iteration of fall protection - there more in spirit than in fact...Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by edblysard on Monday, November 13, 2017 7:50 AM

Not sure I trust Google maps to be accurate in their photos, condisdering it was taken outside the fence...

 

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     Perhaps. Wouldn't that have some sort of horizontal rail between posts to tie off to? The business to the left is a cardboard box company that gets boxcars of cardboard in. The one to the right is a manufacturer of industrial fans. I believe the silos are from a previous tenant. I'm not sure what type of cars or products would require the safety lines for crews unloading.

 

 

 

Moving the view around and looking from different angles, it looks like there is something running horizontal at the top.  It certainly isn't like the heavy duty rigs I've seen elsewhere.  

If the building was previously used by a different manufacturer, perhaps it's leftover from that previous use.

Jeff  

 

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