Truck driving - it's is a risky business. According to Safe Work Australia, around 5,000 workers comp claims
are made per annum - that's an average of 14 claims per day. Traumatic joint and muscles injuries, sprains and
strains accounted for 62% of all claims and resulted in about five weeks off work for many drivers.
Read on to learn about:
- Why manual manhole covers are a serious safety issue
- Your legal responsibilities for Workplace Health and Safety
- Why Pivotal Edge makes safety sense
Manual manhole covers are a serious safety issue
Our bodies are like trucks; we need to care for them. Unlike trucks, our bodies
Safe Work Australia has identified the following risks for truckies and using manual manholes exposes drivers
to at least three of these risks, specifically:
- Working at heights
- Manual Handling
- Airborne Hazards
Tanker-tops can be dusty - potentially hazardous powders near the hatches can be inhaled,
Climbing stairs and ladders - busy drivers in metro regions may climb a ladder 6 - 8 times per day.
Climbing onto the tanker top - which can be wet and icy. Serious injuries some causing permanent
disabilities, can and have occurred, even with safety rails
Manually opening and closing the hatch - which requires bending, working below foot level
and exerting considerable physical force. Some transport companies attribute 2 to 3 field injuries per
month due to this task.
To make matters worse, drivers are exposed to these risks hundreds of times every year. On average a bulk
truck driver does 2 - 3 loads per day, 260 days per annum. For a tanker with one hatch that means 520 - 780
opens and closes - even if you don't have an accident, that's real wear and tear on your body.
Clearly, when it comes to injury risk, using manual manhole covers is madness. Talk about a hundred ways to
You are legally responsible for safety
Under Australian law, all employers are responsible for preventing work related injuries caused
by manual tasks - and training drivers to work with care just won't cut it. State Work Health and Safety
manuals advise "always consider a design option as your first option for control" (of a risk).
A study by the Construction Materials Industry2 identified remote hatches as the only solution that would
eliminate injury risks associated with loading.
- Referenced from Work Health and Safety Qld Manual Tasks
- IQA-CCAA Construction Materials Industry Conference Oct 2006
Why Pivotal Edge hatches make safety sense
With Pivotal Edge, hatches are operated from ground level, with just the touch of a pneumatic button - it just
makes safety sense. With Pivotal Edge hatches you will:
- ELIMINATE the risks of working at heights to load
- AVOID the risks of working at heights to load
- CUT exposure to airborne hazards
- REDUCE time pressures by cutting load time. Read more
- no more falls, slips and trips,
- no knee injuries,
- no more back injuries,
- no more strains,
- no nasty pinches,
- reduced fatigue and
- less exposure to harmful dust whilst loading.