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Top 3 Tank Truck Safety Hazards: Do You Know The Risks?

Top 3 Tank Truck Safety Hazards: Do You Know The Risks?

There’s no getting around it: Your throughput depends on the loading, unloading and cleaning of tank trucks.

Without proper safety solutions and equipment, these tasks are incredibly dangerous for your employees and drivers. Even the most seasoned workers could experience serious injuries or even death depending on the tasks they have to accomplish, the training they’ve been through and the protection they’re provided.

Do you know the risks your drivers and workers face when accessing the tops and insides of tank trucks? Learn the top three hazards they may encounter and how to protect them with the right mix of equipment and training.

Tank Truck Safety Hazard #1: Falling Off The Top Of The Tank

In most cases, accessing the tank for loading and unloading means your employee has to climb on top of the tank to open a hatch or compressed air valve.

Without the proper prevention or protection, simply standing on the top of the truck puts your workers at risk for serious injuries from a fall. In 2009, a worker standing on top of a tank to unload sodium hydroxide fell from the top of the truck and fractured his femur, leading to hospitalization.

It’s almost certain that this workplace injury resulted in a workers’ compensation claim, medical costs and downtime for the worker’s employer. It also attracted the attention of OSHA.

This fall and the resulting injury may have been prevented if the facility had an expertly built and installed safety cage or enclosure solution designed to provide safer and easier access to the compressed air valve. Even if the worker had lost his balance, the fall protection provided by the cage would have stopped him from falling.

Tank Truck Safety Hazard #2: Falling While Climbing A Side Ladder

In 2011, a tank truck driver was making a routine delivery of cleaning agents to a retail store. After accessing the top of the tank to ensure the security of the seals, he began climbing back down the side ladder. Seconds later, he fell from the ladder, hit his head and eventually died from the injury.

While OSHA was never able to establish whether the driver slipped on the ladder or simply lost his balance, it’s clear that, even with the protection of the ladder, climbing on or off of a tank truck can be hazardous for drivers. This accident may have been prevented if the driver had undergone more rigorous safety training and the retail facility had invested in a fall prevention solution such as a Portable Tank Truck Access System.

Tank Truck Safety Hazard #3: Asphyxiation While Cleaning Tanks

If you’re transporting materials, there’s a good chance those chemicals have some level of toxicity. This makes the cleaning of your tanks a dangerous task. When it comes time to clean your tank trucks, make sure your workers have been rigorously trained and are aware of the chemicals they’re working with.

You should also have an emergency alert system that warns workers of imminent threats, and consider investing in a system that offers confined-space emergency entry retrieval for rescue situations. Make sure you work with a safety solutions partner able to provide confined-space entry and retrieval equipment that complies with OSHA 1910.146.

Other Tank Truck Safety Hazards To Watch Out For

When it comes to loading, unloading and cleaning tank trucks, the hazards outlined above are by no means the only risks your workers face. Other potential dangers include:

  • Tripping on loading hoses or other equipment on top of the tank
  • Having to leave the safety of a cage when it’s not properly configured to the tank truck
  • Drowning after falling into the contents of the tank
  • Explosions within the contents of the tank

Reduce Risk By Remaining Vigilant And Working With Experts

Worker injuries and death aren’t just tragic – they also devastate worker morale and your bottom line.

Mitigate your facility’s risk of serious injuries from tank truck safety hazards by ensuring workers are properly educated about these potential hazards. Work with a safety solutions company that helps you identify all potential hazards and provides you with equipment designed for your particular needs.

Ready to learn more about comprehensive truck safety solutions? Download this industry guide from Carbis Australia to discover strategies for a safer, more efficient workplace.

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3 Signs You Need More Than Safety Equipment

3 Signs You Need More Than Safety Equipment – You Need Services

Discover three signs you need services as well as safety equipment.

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Safety equipment alone probably isn’t enough to protect your workers, your infrastructure and your company’s productivity. You also need to make sure that your equipment and services are a good match for your needs and integrated with your larger business.

Here are three signs you need a more comprehensive solution than your current safety equipment:

  1. Your Safety Equipment No Longer Reflects The Work Environment
    On many work sites, the loading equipment and safety equipment have been purchased from different suppliers. For example, let’s say you plan to purchase a loading arm built by one company, and already have a loading rack with fall prevention purchased from another supplier.When you’re focused on choosing the best equipment, you might consider factors specific to the loading arm, such as the swivel joints, seal material and break-away devices, as well as the technology behind systems for vapor recovery and overfill prevention.

    Unfortunately, this focus on equipment makes it easy to miss the larger picture: Will the loading arm work with your existing truck or rail car loading racks? What happens if you upgrade your loading racks in the future?

    Integrating the loading arm into a loading rack facility is often quite complex, and as you purchase individual pieces of safety equipment over time, your work site gradually changes. Eventually, your safety equipment may no longer meet your company’s needs. To avoid these complications, look beyond equipment alone to manufacturers that provide integrated safety solutions.

  2. Your Site Or Company Has Expanded
    Your company’s current safety equipment may work well and comply with OSHA standards, but what happens if your work site doubles in size, or your company grows rapidly through mergers and acquisitions? You need some way to align a diverse collection of safety equipment and procedures.In the industrial manufacturing industry, mergers and acquisitions were up in the second quarter of 2015, compared to the previous quarter and this time last year, according to a recent report by PwC. Nearly two-thirds of those deals were in emerging markets, which is well above the typical percentage. When your company makes a deal to expand overseas, regulatory differences may create new challenges for maintaining employee safety and compliance.
  3. You’ve Had Recent Accidents Or Close Calls
    An accident is usually a sign that your current safety equipment isn’t providing enough protection. Accidents tend to spark a flurry of activity, as the company attempts to head off a PR nightmare. Repeat violations or close calls are equally serious, and give you the chance to make improvements before a tragic accident occurs. In either case, it’s important to consider a more comprehensive approach, bringing equipment and services together for a complete safety solution.

The first step in choosing the proper solution is to find a consultant who takes the time to learn your business. Ask a potential vendor or consultant how far they will go to understand your situation and process, along with your goals as a business.

A great vendor invests the necessary time to dig into your operations, workflows and parameters, and then uses those insights to design a customized solution that goes far beyond safety equipment alone.

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How Effective Is Your Tank Truck Safety Solution?

A recent article in Bulk Transporter focused on the risks drivers face when working on top of tank trucks, highlighting the need for fall protection and prevention.

The article, which reported on the September meeting of the Cargo Tank Risk Management Committee (CTRMC), included insights on tank truck safety from the perspective of drivers themselves:


“Drivers would like to not have to go on top of tanks, but there are many reasons they have to for product quality and securement reasons,” according to the article. “Additional training on safe access to tank tops and better ladders is needed, especially when the need to carry equipment makes ‘three-point climbing’ difficult.”

While OSHA and ANSI recommend maintaining three points of contact (such as two hands and a foot) while climbing up the side of a truck or ladder, that’s clearly not enough to prevent falls and accidents on your tank truck loading site.

Where Does Your Tank Truck Safety Solution Fit In The Fall Protection Hierarchy?

When creating your tank truck safety solution, it’s good to start with the Fall Protection Hierarchy, an industry standard designed to protect workers from safety hazards. The hierarchy (sometimes referred to as Z359) starts with the preferred scenario and works down to the least effective solution.

1. Elimination Or Substitution
Remove the hazard or replace it with a safer option. In the context of tank truck safety, the first preference would be to eliminate the need for people to walk on the tank – especially when loading hazardous chemicals.

Some facilities tackle this problem by installing elevating truck platforms that provide safer walking surfaces, so drivers and operators don’t need to walk on top of the truck at all. The best way to eliminate walking on top of a truck depends on your specific situation and needs.

2. Passive Fall Prevention
If your drivers and operators still need to access the top of a tank truck, the next step is to find a safer way to do it. The preferred solution in this case is to use passive fall prevention, such as handrails and extended truck safety cages.

3. Fall Restraint
This type of fall prevention uses a harness or tether that restrains the worker from reaching the fall hazard while doing his or her job.

4. Fall Arrest
This type of solution aims to intervene when a person is already falling, in order to bring them to a safer stop. This isn’t the preferred solution, since the tank truck driver or operator would still fall, but it may be the only alternative in some situations.

5. Administrative Controls
Finally, you could use administrative controls to manage hazardous situations by reducing the frequency, duration and severity of a worker’s exposure. Safety policies, schedules, supervision and training are examples of these control measures.

Clearly, there’s a huge difference between eliminating the risk altogether and relying on safety policies and training alone. To keep workers safe when they work with tank trucks, you need a comprehensive truck safety solution designed to meet your work site’s specific needs, using a combination of safety procedures, equipment and services.

Carbis can help with transloading dilemmas

One of the biggest problems resource companies face is how to efficiently transport their materials to rail lines and throughout the rest of the country.

The best answer for this is to have a strong transloading system in place, which can easily and quickly transfer loads between trucks and other hauling vehicles and rail cars.

Unfortunately, there is ample room for error in this strategy, and it requires serious planning and solutions for it to be cost effective.

This is where Carbis’ products and solutions can come in handy. Even when a company’s project is nowhere near a railway, Carbis can help ensure the cargo or materials makes it from the extraction point to the shipping port without a single spill.

Transloading Portable Access Platform - Buzzard

Transloading Portable Access Platform – Buzzard

In one example, Carbis helped a natural gas liquids company that needed a mobile transloading cart with a mounted skid that could load 250# and 400# rail cars. In addition to efficiency, the company wanted to maximise safety with all the proper safety equipment.

Finally, the solution required metering and ticketing systems since custody transfer was involved in the process.

Carbis added a compressor, a meter and a ticket printer to the transfer skid, which was then appropriately mounted on the frame of the trailer. Staying true to its focus on safety, the company also installed non-slip stairs to connect the platform.

To increase employee access, the system was given a platform gangway that – in the name of safety – featured a cage to ensure fall prevention while still letting workers do their jobs freely.

The end result was a transloading system that allowed the company to quickly and easily transfer its products from remote wellheads to transport trucks and then rail cars – all while minimising waste and increasing employee safety.

Keep National Safe Work Australia Month in mind

October may be on its way out, but there’s still time to ensure your business is doing its part to raise awareness of National Safe Work Australia Month and take part in any of the several activities going on around the country. Last years’ inaugural program was such a success, Safe Work Australia felt it would have to repeat the month-long awareness campaign, and so far it has gone swimmingly. The theme for 2013 has been “Safety is a frame of mind. Get the picture”, which was chosen to reflect the need for better safety to come from within organisations themselves. Last year’s event was a major hit, with a record 699 people registering as Safety Ambassadors. This year, the group hopes to encourage 800 people to sign up, which would likely have a huge impact on safety improvements in Australia’s workplaces.

Fall Prevention Equipment, Mobile Platform Ladders and Height Access Solutions

CARBIS Australia is The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment, Mobile Platform Ladders and Height Access Solutions.

When the program got off the ground, Safe Work Australia Chair Ann Sherry spoke on how it important it is for companies to strive to win the 2013 Safety Ambassador of Year Award. “Building on the success of last year’s Safe Work Australia Week this year’s celebrations have been extended to a month in October,” Ms Sherry said. “Every workplace in Australia should focus on improving health and safety during October to reduce the incidence of death, injury and disease. “I encourage everyone to get involved in promoting safety at work during safety month. A great way is to register as a Safety Ambassador in your workplace.” One of the best ways to ensure employee safety in an industrial setting is to invest in the right infrastructure that not only improves productivity and eliminates or reduces downtime, but keeps workers safe through fall prevention strategies.

CARBIS Australia is The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment, Mobile Platform Ladders and Height Access Solutions.

Don’t let the elements stop your loading and unloading business

The best facilities are able to load and unload trucks and rail cars, regardless of what the weather is – be it rain, snow, sleet or direct sunlight.

One of the easiest ways to ensure operations can go on no matter what the elements are like is to introduce a canopy, which can be a part of any new facility plans or easily integrated with existing infrastructure.

A good industrial canopy will not only let your business perform well no matter what the weather is doing, it can also keeps any products free of contaminants. Without a canopy, moving parts may be compromised when water or other drainage materials enter them.

This makes such a structure an ideal choice for a number of different operations. Whether it’s for tank/hopper cars or trucks, seatainers or any other form of transportation, canopies can be easily installed and last for years.

When you purchase a canopy through Carbis Australia, you can be sure that the product will be designed specifically to your facility so it integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure. These canopies come in either single or double-sided designs, and can include skirts if desired.

Protect your operators and products from the elements while loading and unloading.

Protect your operators and products from the elements while loading and unloading.

If needed, a company can adopt a full enclosure model designed to meet unique requirements of any particular site. Not only does this ensure work goes smoothly, but  will also lead to higher levels of safety in the workplace.

These canopies are available in either aluminium or several types of steel, including galvanised, mill or painted. Fibreglass units are also available.

All factors are taken into consideration, including the potential for damaging wind and storms. This ensures the structures will stay strong no matter what the weather brings.

Cover all your bases with freestanding mobile access ladders

If you’re running any kind of business that requires regular access to trucks, rail cars or other modes of transportation, you’ll not only need the right equipment, but products that ensure the highest level of employee safety possible.

Although some operations may use stationary infrastructure that is tailored exactly to the types of trucks and rail cars that will pass through, others need more versatile equipment that can account for carriers that come in various sizes.

Often, these products will also need to be mobile, which is often the case when dealing with trucks that may park anywhere in an unloading region.

TC10 - Portable Truck and Rail Access Fall Protection Platform

Fall Safety Supplied with Truck Access and Rail Access Fall Protection Platforms from Spacepac Industries

One of the best options for these mobile platforms is the Carbis TC10 Free Standing Mobile Access Ladder.

With an interchangeable safety cage, the ladder can be used for a wide range of vehicles and rail cars. Demonstrating its versatility, all of these cages use the same base and ladder, cutting down the number of equipment items – and total costs – you need to get the job done.

The robust design can work with virtually every sized struck or rail car,  with options available for a standard cart and a side mount cart, which can move laterally as well as vertically.

All ladders are manufactured to meet the most stringent Australian safety standards, and come with a certificate to prove so. Carbis will even design custom variations for any business, provided the company turns in a detailed drawing of what must be delivered.

All products are designed with an aluminum flat-step extension ladder with open serrated metal plank steps to ensure all employees keep their grip when climbing.

By focusing on employee safety and versatility, businesses can see huge cost savings through better equipment.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Warehouse safety improved with powered tarping systems

Health and safety is an important issue in any business, but warehouses must be particularly careful due to the heavy manual labour often involved.

Injuries in the workplace can result in employees being out of commission for long stretches of time, while also opening up your operation to legal issues.

Recent research from Monash University and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) found that even small injuries could see staff taking considerable time off work.

This is due to general practitioners (GPs) being more likely to order ill or injured personnel to stay away from the workplace, rather than recommending less strenuous duties.

Fewer than 25 per cent of GPs in Victoria advised workers to return to work, with ISCRR chief executive Dr Alex Collie saying: “These days lost are … highly relevant to the growing debate around the productivity of our workforce.”

Carbis Overhead Tarping System

Keep Your Feet on the Ground

If your business is keen to avoid the ramifications of warehouse accidents, you may wish to consider investing in Carbis’ tarping systems.

These technologies use an industrial strength electric winch to pick up the tarp and pull it across the whole of the trailer.

A spreader bar attaches to the tarp through two clips, enabling your workers to quickly and easily complete their loading tasks.

Using a handheld remote, employees can get the winch moving with a simple click of a button.

A tension reel ensures the power cable remains taut and the track is designed to be longer than the trailer, making tarping out-of-position flatbeds a breeze.

Investing in safety equipment such as this saves time and money by reducing the chance of back strain and the falls associated with climbing loads.

Available as a freestanding structure or connected to an existing unit, Carbis’ tarping systems can also be altered to your specific requirements.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Handrails can make all the difference for safety during rail car access

To streamline operations, managers in charge of rail car loading and unloading operations must install infrastructure that gives workers access to every hatch available.

However, in doing so, serious fall risks may arise that could lead to employee injuries, and in turn, much higher costs associated with workers compensation and similar expenses.

Lifeline systems are often used during such operations to keep workers safe, but many businesses say they have run into serious issues when implementing these safeguards. For one thing, installing them leads to unproductive downtime.

These systems also require frequent inspection to ensure they are up to speed, and they have even proven to be ineffective at lowering injury rates due to certain types of falls.

Hopper Car Handrail

Rail Car Safety Improved with Hopper Car Handrail Fall Prevention System from Sam Carbis Solutions Group, LLC

Instead of lifelines, many companies are turning to infrastructure solutions such as handrails to keep workers safe during rail car access operations. Carbis Inc.’s Rail Enclosures and Hopper Handrail systems are the best way to keep productivity at its highest without putting workers at risk of falls.

Keeping workers safe and boosting throughput should be the top priorities for any company that performs rail loading and unloading work. Carbis‘ handrail system lowers onto the top of the vehicle as soon as it is in place, providing fall prevention from every angle.

The equipment also ensures employees have 100 per cent mobility, making it easier to perform quality, quick work. Lifelines can get in the way of employees, hindering their ability to get tasks done. These systems are ideal for any work that requires access to coffin lids on top of cars or any other hatch.

All these features help operators achieve the highest productivity possible while preventing dangerous and costly falls.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Maintaining safety with any ship access and loading system

Regardless of the exact type of work that is being performed, operations that require ship access and loading should always maintain a strong focus on safety, considering the many serious hazards that exist in the industry.

In addition to putting your employees at risk, running an unsafe operation can lead to enormous costs associated with state and federal rules and regulation.

Some of the most common additional costs shipping and loading companies must pay for include noncompliance with equipment maintenance, failure to take precautions to promote employee health and safety, and hazards related to slips, falls and pinch points.

Carbis Ship Towers – Ship Access Systems & Loading

Gain Safe Access to Ship of all Shapes and Sizes

Companies can mitigate these risks by using the right infrastructure, such as custom designed ship access and loading systems from Carbis Inc. These structures are built to eliminate the chances of slips and falls caused by standing water or corroded materials, and each solution is designed specifically around the needs of the company.

Tower gangways, for example, can be manufactured to be either telescopic, fixed or work alongside an elevator, and they are all built to last with aluminium. This material makes them lightweight, durable and resistant to the weather and ocean water.

Each tower can be designed to fit various sizes of ships and also to handle large tidal shifts. Depending on the company’s preference, hydraulic, crane and pneumatic systems are all available.

Carbis’ towers also come with several mounting options. With track mounting, employees can move the tower all around the dock so it can be used on several barges that are in port at once. The tower mounting option is ideal for changes in loading and unloading movement, while pivot mounting gives businesses the opportunity to access various parts of a single ship.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment