The Pivotal Edge hatch operates automatically from a control at ground level improving driver safety during loading
“Eliminating the need to work at height is the most effective way of protecting workers from the risk of falls” WHS Managing Risk of Falls at Workplaces Code of Practice
According to the recently published WHSQ Transport and Storage workers industry report, the most significant injury clusters for truck drivers include falls from trucks and semi-trailers plus vehicle incidents. Read the full WHSQ Industry report
- Reduces the Manual tasks of opening and closing hatches, there is no requirement for the driver to bend down, unfasten and lift hatches. In metro areas drivers may be required to do this task between 6 and 8 times per day. Some transport companies can attribute 2 to 3 FTI’s per month and possibly 6 to 10 MTI’s per annum to the performance of this task.
- Reduces the working at height risks, there is almost no need for drivers to climb onto a tanker. In the past climbing onto tankers has caused serious and permanent injuries.
- Reduces trip and fall risks, there is almost no need to climb up and down ladders and stairs and walk on top of tankers. Drivers in metro regions may be required to climb up and down a ladder or stairs 6 to 8 times per day.
- Reduces Slip hazards, there is almost no need for a driver to walk on top of a tanker. This is a high-risk activity as the tanker-tops can be wet, icy or dusty, with potentially hazardous powders near the hatches. This environment can easily lead to serious slips and falls even if safety rails are in place.
The Pivotal Edge – Safe loading of Trucks, Trailers, ISO’s and Rail Wagons
The Safe Loading of Tankers
Following a serious workplace injury which occurred in 2005, the Australian Cement and Concrete Association presented these findings at an industry conference after a work group investigated alternatives with a view to preventing injury whilst loading cement tankers.
- Elimination – Use of remotely activated hatches
- Prevention – Stable and secure work platforms
- Restraint – Guards, barriers, rails
- Arrest – Harnesses and cable systems
²Referenced from ‘The Safe Loading of Cement Tankers’ Cement and Concrete Association Australia IQA-CCAA Construction Materials Industry Conference 11-14 October 2006
Click on the link below to see the full presentation; https://Safe Loading of Tankers
These recommendations could be applied to any tanker type vehicle or vessel which requires employees to climb on top of the vehicle to open and close hatches for product loading.
Employers are responsible….
for preventing work related injuries or disorders caused by manual tasks. ¹ “Training is not the most important method of preventing injuries and you should not rely upon training in the absence of modifying the task or eliminating risks whenever possible,
i.e. always consider a design option as your first option for control”.
Referenced from Work Health and Safety Qld Manual Tasks
New Work Health and Safety laws
Over the past two years the new harmonised Work Health Safety Acts and Regulations have been adopted by the Commonwealth, Qld, NSW, ACT, NT, TAS and SA. The WHS Regulations speak to the responsibilities of persons conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace have related to managing Hazardous Work in Chapter 4 and specifically refers in Part 4.2 to managing risks to health and safety relating to a musculoskeletal disorder associated with a hazardous manual task and in Part 4.4 managing risks to health and safety associated with a fall by a person from one level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury. See Work Health Safety Act 2011 Regulations
Codes of Practice for managing hazardous manual tasks and the risks of falls from height WHS Hazardous Manual Task Code of Practice and WHS Managing Risk of Falls at Workplaces Code of Practice
Can you afford a workplace injury
The Pivotal Edge offers a reliable engineering solution that will significantly reduce the risks of injury to your drivers and operators.