The potential dangers involved with numerous different operators, freight and vehicles on one site are somethingAustralian AmalgamatedTerminals (AAT) face on a daily basis. AAT operate a multi-user terminal at the Port of Brisbane.
With a number of businesses operating various vehicles, trailers and load types within one terminal, the risk of falls from trucks was identified as a serious issue requiring attention. AAT decided to take a consultative approach to identifying and managing the risks associated with falls from trucks.
AAT participated in a workshop run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) on preventing workers falling from trucks and used this to start an internal safety group. This group undertook consultation, including discussion with major transport contractors within their supply chain, to identify the load types and relevant operators involved.
The coordinator of the internal safety group then formed four consultative groups, one for each of the load types that AAT receives:
- steel transporters
- “roll-on, roll-off” heavy machinery transporters
- general freight, and
Each group looked at identifying the known risks about falls specific to that load type. From this, the group began identifying and developing best practice solutions to managing the risk of falls.
As a result of this program, AAT have implemented a number of control measures since the consultation commenced. One of the more significant controls has been the introduction of truck stands. To support this, AAT prepared instructions on their use, and conducted training for both internal staff and their supply chain. They have just completed a short safety video that includes how to use the truck stands.
AAT will reflect these changes in their site policies and procedures and ensure that they are effectively communicated to existing and new operators coming on site. It is expected that the uniform policies and procedures will improve efficiencies when loading and unloading.
For more information visit the Workplace Healthand Safety Queensland website or call them on 1300 369 915.