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Straddle Carrier Blog

Commonly used in port terminals and intermodal yards, the straddle carrier, also known as a straddle truck is a heavy goods vehicle which commonly lifts and transports freight containers. The straddle carrier is open at both front and rear which allows it to navigate over containers, connect using a telescopic spreader and lift the load underneath itself - hence the name.

With the ability to lift up to 60 tonne and stack containers up to four high, straddle carriers are essential pieces of machinery to organise dockyards / shipyards. At roughly a maximum speed of 25mph, the straddle truck can lift, transport and unload many containers from point a to b in a day.

Due to the size of the machinery, the dangers are very high however the rate of accidents are very low. Although they move fairly slowly they are remarkably quiet. Whilst working in the company of straddle carriers, stay well away from them, the weight behind them is immense and there are always blind spots for any vehicle.

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We will post blogs relating to HSE prosecutions and HSE accident statistics, safety initiatives and topical events relating to equipment safety and the consequences of failing to maintain equipment at work across a wide range of industries – from farming to construction, warehousing to transport and logistics. In addition we will highlight how our Good to Go Safety inspection systems could help to improve workplace safety and help your company to reduce maintenance costs while complying with key statutory legislations such as PUWER, LOLER and WAHR.

Straddle Carrier Incident causes Fatality
Straddle Carrier Incident causes Fatality
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A straddle carrier tipped over at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg earlier this week, killing the driver The accident occurred shortly before the end of the night shift at around 5am CET (3am GMT) on Wednesday, 18th January 2023. The straddle carrier tipped over as the machine was being driven without a load on the way to pick up a container. The 29-year old driver is believed to have died on impact. His body was taken from the cabin by the fire brigade whilst the police and the...


What can you inspect with TakeAIM?
What can you inspect with TakeAIM?
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TakeAIM is supplied with a number of pre-installed checklists for the most popular equipment types used for work. If TakeAIMs range of pre-loaded inspections don't have the equipment type you require, you can create your own equipment type on the TakeAIM dashboard. This enables you to create inspections, and ask the detailed question required for even the most unique piece of workplace equipment. If you'd like to see the equipment types available, plus what is included on each checklist you c...


4 Million Inspection Checklists Sold
4 Million Inspection Checklists Sold
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To date, Good to Go Safety have supplied over 4 million checklists to companies around the UK. If you don’t currently know about our multi-award winning inspection systems, you may be wondering why so many people insist on utilising Good to Go Safety rather than simply printing their own checklists in-house? The answers are numerous …. 1. Safety First From a safety perspective, there is a requirement under PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations), LOLER (Lifting Operation...


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