Truck loading/unloading areas
In the current edition of Safeguard magazine WorkSafe NZ's
cites data showing that places where trucks are loaded and unloaded can be a death zone for pedestrians on site, including the truck drivers.
What is the most poorly controlled loading area you have encountered? (No names - just a brief description). What made it so dangerous?
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An edited selection of responses will be published in the July/Aug edition, but with no names attached. One randomly selected person will receive a prize!
This one involved a construction site in the Auckland CBD. The loading zone was on a blind bend in the road and the hoarding reduced visibility even further. The predominantly shingle surface was not leveled as required in our original Site Safety Survey. It had spilled concrete over it and several deep potholes making it very uneven. There was a lot of badly stacked construction material and scaffolding lying around the edges causing congestion. The end result was there was little room for our drivers to move clear of the vehicle while it was being unloaded - unless they stood out on the road! The crane crew unloaded one of our trucks in the incorrect order and a concrete panel subsequently fell off the trailer and the projecting rebar struck the driver. His injuries put him off work for a year. The subsequent PCBU Review found failings by all 5 PCBU's involved and resulted in a complete rewrite of the transport section of the Worksafe ACOP for precast concrete elements
Problem with equipment coming back from sites. At the sites they are poorly loaded and have to travel back to our depot. The sites struggle to understand how or why they need to load the equipment correctly and the depot struggle to instruct the sites on the correct loading style. The sites seem to forget that the equipment has to travel on motorways and arterial routes, therefore have the potential of causing major issues. A series of guidelines is been adopted but is there a better way?
I'm intrigued as to why we would want to focus on the negative. Should the question not be "What are some great examples of where the risks to pedestrian and drivers is well managed resulting in safe loading/unloading work areas".
Sam, its not only about celebrating the good things that are happening (agreed we should definitely be doing this), but we can learn a lot from other peoples mistakes (unfortunately) and this is where the real learning is.
I used to work at a manufacturing site where the product would be loaded onto pallets and then the pallets would be 'pushed' down ramps by a Forklift into the truck loading area. One day the forklift came off the end of the ramp and was perched perilously on the edge. There was no 'safe' zone for truck drivers either and on one occasion a truck driver broke his finger when a forklift 'nudged' the curtain on the side of the truck and the curtain bar hit the driver's finger by the Forklift driver. There was also no canopy in the loading area so the area was open to the elements. Some days the forklifts would skid around on the wet tarseal. So a dangerous environment all round to say the least!
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