Various factors can combine to increase the likelihood of injured coal yard workers. These can be hazardous working environments or dangerous machinery. The equipment that loads coal for transfer between the yard and quayside or trucks has a lot of moving parts. These often run like conveyor belts, but require a degree of manual intervention by coal workers. When individuals are not paying full attention or the safety guards have been compromised, there is the potential for employees to be dragged into the machinery.
Among other equipment commonly in use in coal yards are ship loaders, which are large machines that place bulk items onto cargo ships for transport; stackers, which form piles of coal once it has been delivered to the yard; and reclaimers, which scoop coal out from the stacker piles in order to arrange these on the conveyor belt system. As well as all this mechanical machinery, there are silo facilities for storing coal. Workers must be specifically trained in the operation of each apparatus, with in-depth explanations of all the areas that are potentially hazardous.
What steps should be taken to protect staff?
Any situation that can lead to injured coal yard workers should be anticipated well in advance. The dangerous nature of coal yards means that a risk assessment strategy should be prepared by management. This information will highlight every aspect of the workplace where there is the potential for employees to come to harm, whether this is from operating machinery or the workplace environment in general. Training should be given to everyone who will be tasked with running the machines, with clear indications of the appropriate failsafe measures.
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Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown