Straddle Carrier Safety
A Straddle Carrier otherwise known as a Straddle Truck is a heavy load transportation vehicle. Straddle Carrier accidents are thankfully fairly rare; however, when an accident does occur it often results in fatal or very serious injuries.
Ensuring that lifting equipment is fit for purpose is vital to any programme aiming to achieve high standards of health and safety
LOLER specifies the need to carry out a thorough examination of Straddle Carriers at least once every year. It is important however not to rely completely on this one inspection. Companies should also complete regular visual inspections throughout the intervening period.
Straddle Carriers can be subjected to immense forces. Components such as hoists and cables will see unavoidable wear and tear over time; especially when exposed to adverse weather conditions. Equipment failure can have very serious consequences not just for the load, but also for any plant, building structures or personnel in the surrounding area.
It is estimated that 2/3s of all overhead load incidents could have been avoided by providing proper training, and that a further 9% could have been avoided with equipment inspections.
Broken, improperly maintained, or missing safety equipment, such as lights, seat belts, brakes, and horns, can lead to injuries and fatalities. Around a quarter of all incidents involve a dropped load, an estimated 60% of which could be attributed to poor maintenance and 15% to the failure of wire ropes/cables.
Assuming the risk of deterioration is ongoing, the importance of pre-use checks to identify any day-to-day damage, faults or failure cannot be underestimated. The Good to Go Safety Straddle Carrier inspection checklist system is flexible, allowing pre-shift start, daily, weekly, monthly or annual checks to be implemented – every site is likely to have differing requirements and the Good to Go system can be adopted to suit those needs. Written records of completed overhead crane inspections are retained as part of an audit trail, and any equipment that fails an inspection can be withdrawn from service for repair or disposal with a “Do Not Use” message displayed in the tag for all to see.