Working at Height

Working at Height is not an unknown topic at Van den Bosch Transport. We are already working on this matter since the end of 2010. There are several action plans in course to have all material equipped with, or adapted to, ground level access control. It is our company philosophy and strategy that ground level access of our material should be a standard by the end of 2013, due to safety reasons of our drivers. This strategy means that we have implemented quite some actions in the meantime to achieve this goal at the best possible way. We have formed a project group that carefully follows every step in this process. Van den Bosch Transporten wants to realize standards and equipment that answers the needs and requirements of all parties involved.

Background information

Even though being 100% committed to the above described strategy we do have to remain realistic at the same time. Considering the fleet size of Van den Bosch Transport, a detailed action plan is required. It is not possible to adapt all containers and trailers overnight. Therefore the hierarchy of control is determined as follows in descending order:


1.    Bottom venting and sampling to avoid any access at height to the trailer for these purposes

2.    If this is not reasonably practicable, fixed gantries with protection on all sides of the working position

3.    If these are not reasonably practicable, mobile gantries/access steps

4.    If these are not reasonably practicable, double hand rails on the trailer

5.    If this these are not reasonably practicable, single handrail with individual fall protection (certified line and harness)

 

Safety harness & tether line

Considering the fact that we strive towards control level number 1, we have decided to skip 2 to 4 and to provide all Van den Bosch drivers in the meantime with safety harnesses and safety lines. The minimum standards for our drivers are therefore set as follows:

  • 1 x handrail to be located on the outer side of the walkway, the rail must be as long as the length of the walkway and meet applicable industry standards and all country safety regulations.  
  • A full body harness made out of synthetic material that is certified for industrial us with a tether line of max 60 cm in length which must be worn when working on top of the trailer (the line is adaptable to 1.10 so that it can also be used when there is a fixed anchor point overhead).
  • Where a fixed secure overhead anchor point is not available at the site the trailer must be fitted with a secure safety cable connected to the handrail that the driver can connect the harness to.
  • Driver must wear; safety footwear, gloves and hard hat.

 

 

Not all drivers are equipped yet with this harness and tether line. Depending on customer requirements and safety situations the plan is rolled out unit per unit, lane per lane and address per address.