This Alert highlights the danger of being crushed underneath a raised tipping tray while inspecting components or doing maintenance work.
A number of people have been killed or seriously injured in Australia while inspecting components or undertaking maintenance work underneath raised tipping and tilting trays on trucks and trailers.
Investigations of these types of incidents have revealed a number of causes and an effective preventative measure to reduce the risk of fatalities and injuries from raised trays.
Catastrophic failures, slow leaks of the tray lifting mechanism or its inadvertent activation can all cause the tray to fall, therefore additional mechanical support for the tray must be provided.
1. Never attempt to work or carry out inspections between a raised tray and the truck’s chassis rails without the tray being mechanically supported in addition to the trays normal lifting mechanism.
2. System of work must be in place that ensures a person cannot be trapped under a descending tray if, for example, a lapse of concentration occurs.
3. When ordering new vehicles ensure: