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July 25, 2012

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Loading-bay safety – Traka

Castell and Traka are pleased to announce a joint development of their respective loading-bay systems. Castell says it has many years of experience in providing loading-bay safety systems and has installed Salvo on thousands of loading bays worldwide. Traka describes itself as an expert in access-control solutions for forklift truck and bay-door control within logistics and distribution markets across the globe.

The two companies have created what they say is a unique system that enhances loading-bay safety – regardless of vehicle type. The system restricts access to authorised personnel only, and gives full traceability of who used which door, and when this occurred. This audit trail is vital when assessing performance and efficiency, say Castell and Traka.

The system works through Traka’s immobiliser system, controlling access to both the loading bay and the Castell Salvo Susie device. This means that only authorised users can gain access to the loading equipment. In this way, say the companies, accidents can be prevented by removing the possibility of untrained staff using potentially hazardous equipment. Access is granted through the intelligent Traka iFob, allowing the Castell Salvo Susie to be released.

The Salvo Susie is then fitted to the emergency airline of the articulated trailer. The Castell key is subsequently released and is inserted into the Salvo Control Panel, which allows the bay doors to be operated. This sequence ensures the trailer is immobilised while loading or unloading is carried out, conclude Castell and Traka.

To find out more, visit www.traka.com

Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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