Flatbed trucks are highly versatile, and cost effective. They can accommodate several types of loads, including unusually shaped, and oversized loads. This has made them a very popular mode of shipping. However, securing a load or simply covering the load with a tarp is a dangerous job for the workers, especially if it is done without taking proper safety precautions. The ‘bed’ body of the truck may look like it is not too high off the ground, however, a fall can cause serious injury or even death. It is the duty of every company or the flatbed truck owners to equip the flatbed’s with the proper safety equipment (temporary or permanent) to ensure the safety of the workers. Failing to do so may result in the loss of thousands of dollars in a workman’s compensation and lost productivity.
A flatbed truck mounted guardrail system will help to prevent falls from the flatbed trailer decks. As long as the workers do not climb higher than the flatbed truck level, they will be able to carry out the loading and unloading operations in a completely safe manner. Following are some of the features of an efficient flatbed truck mounted safety guardrail system.
The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is an agency of the US Department of Labor. It ensures healthful and safe working conditions for employees/workers. OSHA has the authority granted by the Occupational Safety and Health Act to issue workplace safety and health regulations. By law, the companies/organizations/employers must follow all OSHA health and safety standards. The requirement of preventing falls while operating dangerous equipment is included in the OSHA regulations.
Compact, easy to install, and user-friendly
An ideal flatbed truck guardrail has to be compact, and sturdy. It should not take too much space on the trailer deck. It should not interfere with any of the loading/unloading operations, such as overhead crane operations. At the same time, it should be strong enough to take the full weight of many workers leaning against it. Also, a compact guardrail should be easy to transport from one place to another, and easy to store.
It is also imperative that a guardrail be easy to install. Loading and unloading itself will take a lot of time, so if it takes a lot of time to install the guardrail as well, it will seriously hinder the productivity of the workers. Usually, an efficient guardrail system has bases, which are inserted into the truck’s frame. The guardrails are then dropped in place and secured. An ideal guardrail system should provide the workers with freedom of movement.
Transportation cart and access ladder
The transportation cart included in the flatbed truck mounted guardrail system should provide for easy storage and transport. It should be able to handle uneven terrains. While loading and unloading, the cart should remain stationary. An access ladder provides safe access to the trailer deck. The portable unit should be easy to install. An ideal one is a unit that is designed to fit in the side pockets of a standard flatbed.
Do not wait until an accident takes place to implement changes. Opt for a flatbed truck mounted guardrail to ensure the safety of your workers.