Safe Tanker Access Gantry & Fall Prevention Safety Cages

OVERVIEW: Safe tanker access was required by Omya UK to adhere to health & safety working at height regulations. Omya UK is a leading supplier of white minerals & chemicals, both in the UK & around the world as part of Omya AG, a multi-national based in Switzerland. Omya AG is a world leader in the manufacture of fillers & pigments derived from calcium carbonate.

Omya run a fleet of tankers for transporting their products & wanted to provide a safe, easy single point access gantry to allow their operators to open & close their tanker hatches. They also wanted to control access to the gantry for safety reasons.

SITE: Aggregates plant in Derbyshire.

IFC’s SOLUTION: IFC proposed a four metre high access gantry with a six metre long platform. The solution would provide a full road tanker enclosure, ensuring a safety cage that fully encloses the tanker loading & working area. This was fitted with two sets of IFC Flow-step folding stairs with 4.5m long x 1.4m wide Total Tanker Safety Cages. The gantry was custom made to match Omya’s own tanker sizes & designed to have a small footprint to fit into the required space. The Flow-step folding stairs were compression spring balanced for ease of use. The fall prevention cages were designed to allow access to the maximum number of manway covers from a single point. The gantry & stairs were also fitted with an access gate & a series of key interlocks to ensure safety, security, & to prevent accidental drive off. We were also tasked with the installation & commissioning of the system.

PROJECT OUTCOME: The system was designed & fabricated to Omya’s specific requirements & was successfully installed in a single day, with commissioning taking place the following morning. The site now has a purpose built tanker access point providing safe access & fall prevention for all tanker top operations making it safer & easier to carry out day to day works.

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