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Recent lawsuit should lead to change of thinking in truck lifting prevention


(LASE GmbH) (Wesel, 16.08.2018)

Recent lawsuit should lead terminal operators to a change of thinking in truck lifting prevention

Truck liftings occur when any twistlock is jammed or the container is lifted still attached to its road truck trailer and cause lifts into dangerous heights. Those incidents are not uncommon in container terminals and recently South Carolina Ports Authority was appealing a jury’s award of damages of US $ 300.000 to a truck driver who was injured in a truck lifting accident in Charleston six years ago. Some terminals already started to implement truck lifting prevention systems.

Uncertainty could come up for comparable cases in the past and even more for the future because truck lifting accidents continue to be problem. But some terminals already installed truck lifting prevention systems as a safety feature in their terminals. The installation of a truck lifting prevention system is quite simple. Generally it consists of a reliable 2D laser measurement system with a specific detection zone to monitor the truck/trailer side structure. The laser scanner(s) is mounted on the side of the gantry beam of the RTG/RMG in direction to the truck lane. The system detects when a container, chassis or the cab is lifted up. In such a case the crane operator receives an immediate alarm signal the hoist movement is automatically stopped.

One of the biggest advantages of LaseTLP is the fast detection of the truck/trailer lift. Where other methods use horizontal scan planes and detect whether the wheels go up in the air or not, this system uses vertical scan planes for the gap measurement. Only one connected twistlock cause a lift up into a height of about 4 m, which can lead to severe injuries and huge damage claim costs. Additionally, like in this case in the Wando Welch terminal in Charleston, further jury’s award of damages and unpleasant process costs could follow.

Many terminals, where our LaseTLP Truck Lifting Prevention systems are already in use, have made good operation experiences until now and have led them to place follow-up orders. Port and terminal operators should think about implementing such a system in order to avoid those dangerous incidents and also lawsuits in their terminal.

Also TT Club, a leading provider of insurance and related risk management services, specifies the use of a truck lifting prevention system in their current publication about “Recommended Safety Features for Container Yard Equipment” where they set out baseline recommendations which should be implemented to help reduce injuries and damage and enable better risk management.

More information about the application LaseTLP can be found on the product page here…

This article is based on a news article from World Cargo News.


Image on top: Truck lifting case with locked twistlocks / © LASE