It is important to identify safety hazards and put systems in place to reduce the risk to operatives.
See the examples below for how one site addressed this:
- The contractor introduced the Sling Safe system to site – this is a piece of plant which has been designed specifically for vehicle loading and unloading operations.
- Many accidents occur during loading/offloading, and this equipment reduces this risk through allowing mobile access with its use of two rotating booms which can be adjusted for height and weight and usable for all loads in all situations.
- Personnel are secured to the booms via a pulley system and fall arrest device which automatically locks and prevents a fall should the wearer slip during operations.
- A secondary safety cord can be adjusted personally by the operative to ensure that the boom to which they are attached follows them as they move about the vehicle.
- Access to the lorry trailer is provided by strategically placed gateways in the platform safety rails and the height of the whole structure can be adjusted to accommodate the most commonly used trailer types.
- The “two boom” system has been designed to avoid fouling the hook block and chains, which will typically impede an operative moving from one end of the load to the other.
- The design allows the operative to return to the platform, cross safely to the second boom and clip on before completing slinging of the load ready for hoisting.
- The plant is easy to move around site and can be operational one hour after its delivery.
For more information about this system, click the link below.
Monitor report. Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd. Surrey. December 2017.