Friday, October 28, 2011

Freight and Logistics Staff Must Learn How to Load Shipping Containers

More Training Needed to Avoid Fatalities in the Supply Chain
Shipping News Feature

UK - WORLDWIDE – The phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ was conceived long before the advent of the shipping container but could have been coined for the invisible happenings within 20 and 40 foot boxes. This week comes a timely reminder from freight mutual insurance experts the TT Club that loading a shipping container safely requires a high degree of competence from freight professionals if potentially fatal accidents are to be avoided.

These days most responsible companies have Health and Safety policies and training designed to shield their staff from harm but often there is a lack of foresight regarding the safety of both cargo and others when goods have entered the supply chain and been signed for by a collecting driver.

There is a tendency for many container hauliers to ‘set and forget’ simply waiting in the truck cab whilst the box is loaded. This ignores the basic principle that a driver is responsible for the safety and secure stowing of his load and the TT Club has previously raised awareness of the danger posed by inadequately trained loading staff within the supply chain and continues to urge adoption of best practice in this discipline.

The ILO document ‘Safety in the Supply Chain in relation to Packing of Containers’ is the latest definitive industry text and considered a benchmark in respect of the safe loading of freight containers and should be an essential part of any training of fork lift drivers and cargo handlers.

A very useful, and simple, guide can be seen on the German Transport Information Site published by the country’s marine insurance interests (See HERE) and to reinforce the point of safe loading and the consignors responsibility the latest case file published by the TT Club relating to an accident that, whilst expensive, could easily have proved fatal, can be read HERE.