Every industry is tarred with horror stories resulting in serious injury or even fatalities but these are stories which could have very different endings if simple health and safety procedures were followed.
North West Tippers Ltd specialise in the design and manufacture of Tipper Bodies however, tippers and the process of tipping can be very dangerous as any machinery when in operation can seriously injure those around them if they are used incorrectly and simple safety guidelines are ignored.
Believe it or not, through no fault in the manufacture or design of the vehicle a large number of tipper bodies actually overturn each year and in doing so they can unfortunately result in a fatal incident or serious injury.
When designing, manufacturing and ultimately testing our commercial vehicles we always ensure our company and most importantly our employees are made aware and follow all health and safety guidelines. We have outlined some simple guidelines to ensure safety at all times when working nearby to where tipping or where a tipper body is in use.
Tipper Body and Tipper Truck Health and Safety Guidelines:
- If you are visiting a site where tipper bodies or other machinery is in use then please ensure that you report to reception immediately to ensure that your presence is made known and so you can be made aware of that sites specific health and safety procedures. It is at this point when you should be made aware of any tipping activities.
- Make sure that any tipping surfaces are suitable prior to tipping and ensure that they are safe. You need to ensure that there are no steep side slopes and that the surfaces you are operating on are compacted. Tipping sites should be level, firm and stable and able to hold both the vehicle and the load. In addition to this you then must check above the tipper truck to ensure that when the tipper body is tipped there is a clear overhead. In doing so check that when the tipper is raised to full height it will not conflict with any power cables, pipework or any other obstructions such as a bridge.
- Check that when the tipper load is dropped the area is clear at all times and will remain clear for the entire tipping process.
- When tipping an articulated vehicle you must ensure that the tipper body is tipped with both the cab and the trailer lined up to avoid any issues.
- Check that the load within the tipper body is evenly spread and that none of the load will suddenly fall injuring anyone stood within the immediate area.
- If there is a need for the tipper vehicle to be driven forwards during tipping you must then ensure that in doing so the vehicle should remain on a level surface at all times.
- Wheel stops must be used when possible in order to help secure and properly position the vehicle. These wheel stops must then be large enough to inform the driver when to stop. When tipping into a pit or a trench then you must ensure that the wheel stops are positioned far enough from the edge in order to prevent the vehicle going over the edge.
- Ensure that the tailgate of the vehicle is safe when tipping, it should be released and then locked open or removed completely before tipping can begin. If the vehicle load is going to be released through an opening then the tailgate latch must be strong enough in order to be able to handle the full load impact when it is tipped, similarly ensure that none of the load can become jammed underneath the tailgate.
- Never allow anyone to stand or walk behind the vehicle when the body is raised or during tipping.
- Whenever possible tipping should be controlled from inside the vehicle cab although remember to stay in contact with others around to ensure there is no miscommunication and that a load is not despatched when it shouldn’t be.
- Effective driver training of what to do if there is a problem such as the load sticking can prevent serious injury. Please ensure all drivers who will be operating a tipper body and tipper truck receive sufficient training and are confident in their role.
- Never take shortcuts, always ensure that all health and safety procedures are followed no matter of how much longer they may take. Many accidents and fatalities occur because of them trying to cut corners and save time.
A large number of minor and major accidents could be prevented if proper health and safety guidelines were followed. It is important that all those working within the industry are given adequate training and knowledge in order to keep themselves and those around them safe.
We ensure all our vehicles are supplied with adequate health and safety stickers, warning information, beacons and lights where necessary, reflective strips and warning lights. Further to this all of our tipper bodies and commercial vehicles are built in line with industry standards and we are subjected to regular stringent checks by governing bodies.
For more information then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01254 53251or email us infonwtippers.co.uk but most importantly make sure you stay safe.