Roadpod is the Safest Way to Load Trucks. Period.
The leading contributor to fall injuries is the daily task of loading and unloading deliveries at heights. That's a fact. And while there are countless flatbed fall arrest systems on the market, Roadpod’s patented technology is the only one of its kind that provides fall protection for a variety of truck applications. Other fall arrest systems—including horizontal lifelines, anchors, access platforms, safety gates and guardrails—still require you to work at heights.
The Impact Force of a Fall from a Truck or Trailer
The average rear floor height of a semi trailer is 2.56 metres and the average height of a rigid body truck is 1.2 metres (the average of the two heights is 1.88 metres). Jumping from a truck or trailer from those heights can create an impact force of 5 to 7 times your body weight. That means that if you weigh 100 kilograms, the impact force of jumping from the trailer is 700 kilograms. That amount of force is the reason a fall from a truck or trailer can result in joint damage, broken bones or death.
Source: Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries.
Opportunities for Falls at Heights Using Traditional Truck Loading Methods
A fall arrest system is essential in order to safely load and unload freight at heights because there are countless opportunities to sustain an injury or fatality from a slip, trip or fall that occurs from a truck or trailer.
Loading and Unloading
When loading and unloading trucks at heights, there is always a safety risk. However, the risk of falling is amplified when factors outside of your control are introduced. Chances of injury exponentially increase when the grip becomes worn on footwear, slippery conditions are created by rain or snow, there is mud or uneven surfaces under the truck, or there is diesel, fuel, oil or grease on the ground.
Load Tarping and Securing Loads
Once you've finished loading your freight, there is still a risk of falling when you have to tarp or secure your load. If there are uneven surfaces that you have to manoeuvre over or bulky straps or tie downs that must be secured in inclement weather, fall chances increase.
Servicing and Inspecting Trailers
The risk of falls doesn't end after loading freight and securing it to the trailer, accidents can still happen when servicing and inspecting trailers to ensure they comply with safety laws.
Prevents Falls from Height and Reduce Injury by Loading at Ground Level
While traditional fall prevention systems may reduce the risk of falls, Roadpod is the only truck fall protection solution that is so advanced it eliminates the risk of falls from heights by allowing crews to load, unload, secure and service trucks and trailers at ground level.