20/08/2007

Guidance on Traffic Safety in Marine Terminals

Traffic accidents are a serious problem in marine terminals, with their
fast-paced operations and large, heavy equipment. Many work-related injuries
and fatalities occurring in marine terminals are caused by traffic accidents.

A new "Traffic Safety in Marine Terminals" guidance document - recently posted
by the US American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) -
provides practical recommendations to help marine terminal employers reduce the
number and severity of traffic-related injuries in their workplaces.The guide
focuses on the factors that contribute to traffic hazards at marine terminals
and outlines measures that can be taken to prevent such accidents, such as
safety checks, vehicle selection and maintenance, traffic controls, safe
operation of vehicles, and safe driving techniques.

OSHA recommends that marine terminal employers focus their traffic safety
programs on the vehicles and equipment that travel throughout marine terminals,
including:

  • Container-handling equipment (e.g., forklifts, top picks, side picks, reach
    stackers, straddle carriers);

  • Forklifts used for non-containerized cargo;

  • Yard tractors, utility tractors, hustlers, "yard dogs", semi-tractors;

  • Automobiles, vans and pickup trucks that transport employees, equipment and
    materials in marine terminals; and

  • OTR trucks.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor  Occupational Safety & Health Administration