I recently came across the latest incident report from Workplace Health & Safety Queensland regarding falls from trucks and felt that I should write a case study to help spread the word about how Roadpod could've potentially prevented both of these incidents. If you feel someone would benefit from this information, I hope you'll share this post!
The Incident: Worker Falls Off Truck, Crushed by Steel Pipe
In March, Workplace Health & Safety Queensland reported two incidents involving falls from heights while loading trucks. The first occurred in December 2018 when a worker was fatally crushed after a 1.8 tonne steel pipe rolled and fell off a truck during the loading process. In January 2019, a similar accident occurred but this time the worker’s life was spared. A 500 kilogram pipe tee slid off a trailer while the person was attempting to strap the load down. The tee struck the worker, knocking him off the trailer and narrowly missing him.
The Challenge: Cylindrical Pipes are Hazardous to Move
Because pipes can easily roll when they’re being lifted, lowered, pushed, carried or restrained on truck beds, you have to take every precaution on your work site to ensure that incidents don’t occur. A fall-related fatality is not only devastating to the the worker’s family, coworkers, and the community, it can also have a catastrophic effect on your business. In 2018, a truck driver was fatally crushed by a load of timber. As a result of this tragedy, the timber company was fined $210,000.
The Solution: The Roadpod Fall Prevention Truck Loading System
Unloading and loading freight is an unavoidable daily activity that poses a safety risk if a fall arrest system or height safety equipment is not in use. Paying workplace cover and sick leave costs your company thousands and results in a loss of productivity and workplace morale. Roadpod is the only fall prevention solution of its kind that allows companies to load and unload freight at ground level, ensuring that employees return to their loved ones unharmed at the end of the work day.
Ready to protect your employees from fall-related incident and fatalities?
Introducing Roadpod by FTMA News | Dec 18, 2018 | Industry News
FTMA News Introduces Roadpod - here's a sneak peek of the article
The innovative design of Roadpod is the safe alternative to loading trucks at heights and allows companies to save millions in man hours and truck downtime while also ensuring the safety of its employees.
The patented Roadpod system is the product of years of research and development working with the biggest names in the transport industry.
In every part of the development process the aim has been to create lightweight, rugged and incredibly durable pods that replace or integrate with existing trucks and trailers to make the loading and unloading of trucks safe for staff and efficient for business. By loading the pod at ground level, it eliminates the need to work at heights while loading and unloading trucks.
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If anyone knows the importance of safety around vehicles, its Paul Morris,
Bathurst 1000 winner and current world Stadium Super Truck champion.
“To me, safety is imperative, both on and off the track” - Paul Morris
Loading trucks at heights is an unsafe task, performed daily nationwide, with a high risk of injury to workers that organisations may be unaware of or don't have a solution to.
Do you employ workers who climb at height onto trucks and trailers to:
A) Access and secure loads?
B) Load or unload deliveries?
If you answered YES, then your organisation is at risk!
The solution = Roadpod
An innovative pod design, revolutionising the transportation industry by eliminating the need to work at heights when loading and unloading trucks.
How does the Roadpod system work?
Deliveries are loaded onto pods at ground level, which are then loaded onto your truck with a Forklift. As loads are strapped and pre-slung by your crew with their feet on the ground, there is no more climbing onto trailers to secure or access loads.
The best part!
Roadpod is custom designed to suit your existing fleet and plant. The patented system is compatible with any size truck: pantech, semi-trailers or flatbed bodies and suits any industry whether it be: pallets, PVC pipes, or building materials.
We design a solution to suit your business and your budget. AND we project management the entire process of specifying your requirements to implementing the Roadpod solution in your business.
Welcome to Roadpod the #1 solution for safely loading and unloading trucks at heights.