Here's an example of some really confusing safe working load (SWL) information on racking just installed by a specialist company. The bays were of varying length (and varying beam depth, hence the otherwise surprising ability of a longer beam to sustain heavier loads than a short one.)
The first thing that is confusing is the variation between the notices. Is the SWL for a 1150mm long level 500 kg or 750 kg? Similarly, is that for a 2235mm long level 1000 kg or 1500 kg?
The other thing that is confusing is positioning the 2225 and 3600 bay SWLs on the beam.
The whole thing is very poor and you cannot expect forklift truck drivers to understand, let alone follow, this.
A typical SEMA notice is as shown below.
Note how it is quite clear what the bay load is and what the level load is.
In my opinion, what needs to be done in this situation where you have bays of varying width is to have the SWL per level and per bay marked on the lowest of the beams in each bay, eg "SWL: 500 kg per level, 2500 kg per bay".
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Sunday, 18 March 2018
- The company required the height of shelves on storage racking to be adjusted.
- The company failed to adequately manage the risks associated with working at height.
- No safe system of work was in place.
- Employees were not aware of the dangers associated with climbing storage racking.
- On 12 April 2016, an employee was instructed to adjust the height of shelves on storage racking with the assistance of co-workers.
- To enable them to reposition the top shelves of the racking the workers climbed up onto one of the lower crossbars
- This crossbar gave way underneath them
- One of the workers fell, hitting his head on the racking before landing on the floor.
- The dislodged crossbar fell from a height of 3.2m, hitting the employee on the back of the head and shoulders.
- The injured individual suffered soft tissue damage to his right shoulder and required physiotherapy for several months. He was also unable to work for two months.
- Glynwed Pipe Systems Ltd failed to properly manage workplace transport in the yard area.
- The systems of work in place were not, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe.
- Gareth Wilson, a delivery driver for Mark Doel Transport Ltd, was fatally injured when he was struck by a fork lift truck which had large coils suspended from the forks.
- The accident occurred on a roll forming machine used to make cladding for agricultural buildings.
- Malcolm E Taylor Ltd had failed to suitably guard the machine and it was possible to reach in-running nips.
- On 25 November 2016, a 17-year-old trainee was pulled into machinery.
- His left arm became trapped between the metal sheeting he was holding and rollers as it was fed into the machine.
- He suffered extensive damage to his left forearm, leaving him in chronic pain and with significant impairment to the use of his arm.
Friday, 2 March 2018
- The accident occurred on an Omga chop saw.
- There were no risk assessments.
- There were no safe systems of work in place and the company failed to provide sufficient information and instruction.
- On 2 August 2016 Petr Jelinek was using this saw when the blade fell onto his right hand, severing the fingers of his right hand above the knuckles.
- The accident occurred on a carpet recycling line.
- There was a missing guard.
- The injured worker had brought the company’s attention to the missing rear guard but no action had been taken to address it.
- On 23 March 2016, the worker suffered a compound fracture when his arm was drawn into machinery and trapped between a conveyor and roller.
- The incident occurred on a machine where there was unguarded access to in-running rollers.
- The injured person was wearing gloves.
- A glove on the injured person's hand was caught in the rollers, pulling his index finger and thumb in.
- Surgery couldn’t save the worker’s finger and it had to be amputated.