DAILY NEWS Dec 20, 2012 10:50 AM - 0 comments

Recommendations published on safety of container yard equipment

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LONDON, UK-- The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association, TT Club and ICHCA, (a global association dedicated to the promotion of safety and efficiency in the handling and movement of goods by all modes and throughout the supply chain)

have jointly published recommended minimum safety features for container yard equipment, identifying features and functional requirements to improve the safety of people, equipment and cargo. 

The joint publication is called ‘Recommended Minimum Safety Features for Container Yard Equipment’, and came from global analysis of more than 4,000 claims made over a six-year period by port and terminal operators insured with the TT Club. The analysis revealed that 53% of the total cost of claims and 75% of the cost of injury claims related to yard equipment. Additionally, 67% of costs related to fires were attributed to yard equipment, said a release.

The document covers all major types of container yard crane and mobile equipment, including RTGs, RMGs, ASCs, straddle carriers, lift trucks and reach stackers, AGVs and terminal tractors.

 “These findings point to a heavy concentration of avoidable incidents. Changes to operational procedure, additional training and/or fitting safety equipment to machinery could significantly reduce these claims.” For example, lift trucks were involved in 30% of bodily injury claims analyzed, mainly as a result of trucks reversing into people. The simple installation of collision prevention devices could potentially have saved USD30 million and prevented 51 workers from being killed or suffering serious injury over the six-year period,” said Laurence Jones, TT Club’s Director of Global Risk.

The Recommendations address key risk items such as collisions, high winds and storms, overloaded or misdeclared container weights, people being caught under wheels or falling between moveable parts of equipment, equipment fires, drivers being overcome by emissions and more.

While the organizations recognize that international, national and local regulations are mandatory, these recommendations are voluntary. They also note that technology alone will not eradicate all incidents and that installation of safety equipment and systems should always be adopted in parallel with routines, training, effective maintenance and good yard design and operations. However, the hope is that these minimum recommended safety features will be adopted generally by equipment suppliers and buyers both on new and existing equipment to improve safety levels at the world’s ports.

The full Recommendations can be downloaded at http://www.pema.org/resources/public-downloads.

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